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Re: LaLonde's of Louisiana and Illinois
Posted by: Gerald LaLande (ID *****4511) Date: May 03, 2008 at 17:20:18
In Reply to: LaLonde's of Louisiana and Illinois by Martyn Valenzuela of 44

1804-Jeffersonian Exploration

Baptiste LaLande was sent by William Morrison from St. Louis to open trade with the Spanish in Santa Fe. LaLande found his way there, and liked it so much that he decided to stay. James Purcell and others followed the same pattern. An American trader at Natchtoches named Saunders started up the Red River to trade with the southern Pawnee villages; he made it 500 miles into Spanish territory before being captured and escorted back to the U.S. border by Spanish soldiers. Two Jefferson-sent expeditions to Santa Fe, Dunbar (1804) and Sparks (1806) were also turned back.
"Restrictive policies, however, did not last long and did not discourage Frenchmen determined to gain access to the New Mexico market. Late in the 18th century Jean Baptiste Lalande, Pierre Chouteau, Laurent Durocher, and Jules De Mun, among others, realized that economic opportunity awaited those who supplied the region with reasonably-priced merchandise. [6]"
1804 - A French Creole trader, Baptiste La Lande, arrived in northern Colorado. He trapped on the South Platte, following it into the mountains and then headed southward to Santa Fe.

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