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The world, the flesh, and the devil : a history of colonial St. Louis, Patricia Clearly

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The world, the flesh, and the devil : a history of colonial St. Louis
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The world, the flesh, and the devil
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a history of colonial St. Louis
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Patricia Clearly
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History of colonial St. Louis
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eng
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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, African and Indian slaves, British officials, and immigrant explorers interacted there under the weak guidance of the Spanish governors. As the city{u2019}s significance as a hub of commerce grew, its populace became increasingly unpredictable, feuding over matters large and small and succumbing too often to the temptations of 2the world, the flesh, and the devil.3 But British leaders and American Revolutionaries still sought to acquire the area, linking St. Louis to the era{u2019}s international political and economic developments and placing this young community at the crossroads of empire. With its colonial period too often glossed over in histories of both early America and the city itself, St. Louis merits a new treatment. The first modern book devoted exclusively to the history of colonial St. Louis, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil illuminates how its people loved, fought, worshipped, and traded. Covering the years from the settlement{u2019}s 1764 founding to its 1804 absorption into the young United States, this study reflects on the experiences of the village{u2019}s many inhabitants. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil recounts important, neglected episodes in the early history of St. Louis in a narrative drawn from original documentary records. Chapters detail the official censure of the illicit union at the heart of St. Louis{u2019}s founding family, the 1780 battle that nearly destroyed the village, Spanish efforts to manage commercial relations between Indian peoples and French traders, and the ways colonial St. Louisans tested authority and thwarted traditional norms. Patricia Cleary argues that St. Louis residents possessed a remarkable willingness to adapt and innovate, which enabled them to survive the many challenges they faced. The interior regions of the U.S. have been largely relegated to the margins of colonial American history, even though their early times were just as dynamic and significant as those that occurred back east. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil is an inclusive, wide-ranging, and overdue account of the Gateway city{u2019}s earliest years, and this engaging book contributes to a comprehensive national history by revealing the untold stories of Upper Louisiana{u2019}s capital."--Publishers website
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1962-
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Cleary, Patricia
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F474.S257
LC item number
C54 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Chouteau family
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians, Treatment of
  • French
  • Pioneers
  • French Americans
  • Businessmen
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Spanish
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
  • Mississippi River Valley
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana
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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, African and Indian slaves, British officials, and immigrant explorers interacted there under the weak guidance of the Spanish governors. As the citys significance as a hub of commerce grew, its populace became increasingly unpredictable, feuding over matters large and small and succumbing too often to the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. But British leaders and American Revolutionaries still sought to acquire the area, linking St. Louis to the eras international political and economic developments and placing this young community at the crossroads of empire. With its colonial period too often glossed over in histories of both early America and the city itself, St. Louis merits a new treatment. The first modern book devoted exclusively to the history of colonial St. Louis, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil illuminates how its people loved, fought, worshipped, and traded. Covering the years from the settlements 1764 founding to its 1804 absorption into the young United States, this study reflects on the experiences of the villages many inhabitants. The World, the Flesh, and the Devilrecounts important, neglected episodes in the early history of St. Louis in a narrative drawn from original documentary records. Chapters detail the official censure of the illicit union at the heart of St. Louiss founding family, the 1780 battle that nearly destroyed the village, Spanish efforts to manage commercial relations between Indian peoples and French traders, and the ways colonial St. Louisans tested authority and thwarted traditional norms. Patricia Cleary argues that St. Louis residents possessed a remarkable willingness to adapt and innovate, which enabled them to survive the many challenges they faced. The interior regions of the U.S. have been largely relegated to the margins of colonial American history, even though their early times were just as dynamic and significant as those that occurred back east. The World, the Flesh, and the Devilis an inclusive, wide-ranging, and overdue account of the Gateway citys earliest years, and this engaging book contributes to a comprehensive national history by revealing the untold stories of Upper Louisianas capital
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The world, the flesh, and the devil : a history of colonial St. Louis, Patricia Clearly
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-345) and index
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text
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Contents
From France to the frontier -- Settling "Paincourt" : Indians, the fur trade, and farms -- "A strange mixture" : rulers, misrule, and unruly inhabitants in the 1760s -- Power dynamics and the Indian presence in St. Louis -- Sex, race, and empire : the peopling of St. Louis -- "The world, the flesh, and the devil" : conflicts over religion, alcohol, and authority -- A village in crisis : conflict and violence on the brink of war -- "L'année du coup" : the "last day of St. Louis" and the Revolutionary War -- The struggles of the 1780s -- St. Louis in the 1790s : the enemies within and without -- "The devil take all" or "a happy change" ? : the end of European rule and the American takeover
Control code
671703399
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 357 pages
Isbn
9780826219138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)671703399
Label
The world, the flesh, and the devil : a history of colonial St. Louis, Patricia Clearly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From France to the frontier -- Settling "Paincourt" : Indians, the fur trade, and farms -- "A strange mixture" : rulers, misrule, and unruly inhabitants in the 1760s -- Power dynamics and the Indian presence in St. Louis -- Sex, race, and empire : the peopling of St. Louis -- "The world, the flesh, and the devil" : conflicts over religion, alcohol, and authority -- A village in crisis : conflict and violence on the brink of war -- "L'année du coup" : the "last day of St. Louis" and the Revolutionary War -- The struggles of the 1780s -- St. Louis in the 1790s : the enemies within and without -- "The devil take all" or "a happy change" ? : the end of European rule and the American takeover
Control code
671703399
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 357 pages
Isbn
9780826219138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)671703399

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