Review: Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West

Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West
Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West by J. Frederick Fausz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was about Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. The period of time covered in this book is quite short, being that its focus is on the founding of St. Louis and the city’s first few years. It was somewhat academic, but I found it to be an interesting read and I learned quite a bit about the Laclede/Chauteau family and early St. Louis facts.

I read Founding St. Louis this year in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. I have lived in St. Louis almost my whole life, but I definitely learned things that I didn’t know before, and I now have a greater appreciation for the history of my favorite city.

I would recommend this book for someone that wants to know more about the men and families that founded St. Louis, for someone interested in the French colonial era of history, or for someone interested in another perspective of life in America during the Revolutionary War era and the years that followed.

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