Chouteau, René Auguste
Chouteau, René Auguste(1749–1829) trader; born in New Orleans. He assisted in the founding of St. Louis, Mo., (1764) and enjoyed a monopoly of trade with the Osage Indians (1794–1802). He became a colonel of the St. Louis militia (1808) and negotiated treaties with the Sioux, Iowa, Sauk, and Fox (1815). He was a financial backer of much of the business and trade of St. Louis.
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