Pierre Laclede

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Birthday
22, 1729
Birthplace
France
DEATH DATE
Jun 20, 1778 (48)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1729
Birthplace
France
DEATH DATE
Jun 20, 1778 (48)

About

Best remembered as the co-founder (with his stepson Auguste Chouteau) of the city of St. Louis, Missouri, this eighteenth-century fur trader was tasked with establishing a trading post close to the intersection of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Before Fame

In 1763, a French-born, New Orleans-based merchant named Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent asked Laclede to explore the northern Louisiana territory with the purpose of finding a location for a fur trading town.

Trivia

He frequently traded with the Osage Native Americans.

Family Life

He grew up in Bedous, France. His common-law marriage to Marie Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau resulted in a son named Jean Pierre and daughters named Marie Pelagie, Marie Louise, and Victoire.

Associated With

He and Joseph Nicollet, both born during the 18th Century, were prominent French explorers of the northern Mississippi River area.