Chouteau

St. Louis on the Air
5:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Documentary Based On Auguste Chouteau's Personal Account Of St. Louis Founding To Air On Nine PBS

Portrait of Auguste Chouteau (artist unknown), circa 1810.
From the collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In 1764 Auguste Chouteau made landfall on the banks of the Mississippi River and began construction of the fur-trading post that would become St. Louis. He was just fourteen at the time, and acting at the behest of his mother's lover, Pierre Laclede. Forty years later, as a prominent citizen of the city, he penned an account of the founding in a journal that is still partly preserved today.

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