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The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis

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As Anglo-American colonists along the Atlantic seaboard began to protest British rule in the 1760s, a new settlement was emerging many miles west. St. Louis, founded simply as a French trading post, was expanding into a diverse global village. Few communities in eighteenth-century North America had such a varied population: indigenous Americans, French traders and farmers, ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by University of Missouri (first published June 30th 2011)
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Feb 11, 2014 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Interesting book on the colonial history of St. Louis. It shows how a multi-cultural, frontier settlement coped and coexisted with environmental, cultural, religious, and international challenges.
One of the most readable histories of colonial St. Louis, Ms Cleary reveals the lives of the people who first settled along the western bank of the Mississippi. She ties the local dramas smoothly to the wider politics of the day and presents a coherent narrative of one of the lesser known frontier theaters of the late 18th century.
David Nichols
This is a richly and at times minutely detailed narrative history of Saint Louis under Spanish rule (1764-1804). It will appeal to enthusiasts for Missouri and St. Louis history, and to historians of the early American frontier.
Mary Freshley
A thoroughly researched, exhaustively detailed work. Good for serious students of early St. Louis history, not as much for the general reader.
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