We continue our celebration of the 250th anniversary of St. Louis with a special by producer Jim Kirchherr in which he examines Auguste Chouteau’s 14-page, handwritten account of our city’s founding on February 14, 1764.

Watch March 18 at 10:30 p.m. and March 20 at 2:30 a.m. on NinePBS or online below:


Auguste Chouteau (1749-1829), one of the founders of St. Louis, Missouri, was also a fur trader, territorial judge, and patriarch of the most influential French family in early St. Louis history.

Written in English, Spanish, and French, the documents relate to exclusive trading rights among the Osage, including receipts; relationship between the Spanish and Chouteau; and treaty of peace with Great Britain and suppression of Indian hostilities.

View images and translations of journal fragments in collection of St. Louis Mercantile Library →

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