Tuesday, December 16, 2008


“These case files consist of 82 court actions that bring the international St. Louis fur trade to life. Fur trade proved to be one of the most profitable undertakings for the territorial entrepreneur. The abundance of animal pelts encouraged a number of colorful characters to move up and down the Mississippi Valley region, playing a key role in the settlement and development of the Upper Louisiana area. St. Louis dominated the Upper Louisiana fur trade; several successful companies, including the famous Missouri Fur Company of Manuel Lisa and partners, were in business there. Unique to the collection are a number of cases that reference Native American tribes and subsequent interaction with fur trades. The cases primarily involve trade disputes, many of which refer to various tribes living in or around the territory, and later state, of Missouri.”


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