Cerré, Jean Gabriel

Cerré, Jean Gabriel

(zhäN gäbrēĕl` sĕrā`), 1734–1805, frontiersman and trader in the American Midwest, b. Montreal, Canada. By 1755 he had established a fur-trading post at Kaskaskia, Ill., where for many years he was a prominent and powerful figure. He outfitted many traders and hunters for the Missouri region and maintained close relations with the Native Americans. The British made efforts to gain his support in the American Revolution, but he allied himself with the patriots and gave George Rogers ClarkClark, George Rogers,
1752–1818, American Revolutionary general, conqueror of the Old Northwest, b. near Charlottesville, Va.; brother of William Clark. A surveyor, he was interested in Western lands, served (1774) in Lord Dunmore's War (see Dunmore, John Murray, 4th earl
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 provisions and financial aid. Later he moved to St. Louis, where his influence was maintained until his death.
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