About 620 miles north of New Orleans and 62 miles south of St. Louis sits the town of Ste. Geneviève, Missouri.
Established in 1750 by the French, Ste. Geneviève reveals much about what it was like to establish a colony in the heartland of North America and what it was like for colonists to live so far removed from seats of imperial power.
Claire Casey, a National Park Service interpretative ranger at the Ste. Geneviève National Historic Park, joins us to explore the early American history of Ste. Geneviève.
This episode was originally posted as Episode 318.
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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
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Claire Casey, a National Park Service interpretative ranger at the Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park, joins us to explore the early American history of Ste. Geneviève, Missouri.
During our exploration, Claire reveals information about the Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park and how Ste. Geneviève became a National Park Service site; Details about early American life in Ste. Geneviève and why the French established this frontier settlement; And, how and why Ste. Geneviève changed imperial hands three times between France, Spain, and the United States.
What You’ll Discover
- Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park
- How historic places become National Historical Parks
- Historic sites within the Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park
- Interpreting the historic sites of Ste. Geneviève
- Work of National Park Service interpretive rangers
- Native American history of Ste. Geneviève Site
- Why the French settled in Missouri
- How Ste. Geneviève connected with the French colonial world
- Life in colonial Ste. Geneviève
- Trade between colonial Ste. Geneviève and Osage communities
- Slavery in colonial Ste. Geneviève
- Life for the enslaved in colonial Ste. Geneviève
- Code Noir in Ste. Geneviève
- The Seven Years’ War and Ste. Geneviève
- The transition from French to Spanish territory
- The American Revolution and Ste. Geneviève
- Imperial life of Ste. Geneviève
- The Flood of 1785
- Rebuilding Ste. Geneviève
- The Louisiana Purchase and American governance
- The U.S. presence in Ste. Geneviève
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- Nikki M Taylor, Brooding Over Bloody Revenge: Enslaved Women's Lethal Resistance
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- Episode 102: William Nester, George Rogers Clark and the Fight for the Illinois Country
- Episode 108: Ann Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright
- Episode 120: Marcia Zug, Mail Order Brides in Early America
- Episode 139: Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in the Americas
- Episode 308: Jessica Marie Johnson, Slavery and Freedom in French Louisiana
In your opinion, what might have happened if Ste. Geneviève had remained entirely under French governance until 1804? How might the life and culture of the Ste. Geneviève community have been different?
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