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Title Invoice of merchandise taken by A.P. Chouteau [manuscript]: to be traded with the several nations of the Osages and other Indians residing on the Osage and Arkansaw rivers and dependencies, 1823 July 23
Author Chouteau, Auguste Pierre (1786-1838)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: July 23, 1823, invoice for $25,509.56 of goods and supplies taken by A.P. Chouteau at St. Louis for trade with the Osage Indians and other tribes. Invoice lists item, quantity, and price for such merchandise as fabrics, blankets, beads, rifles and powder, kettles, scalping knives, vermillion, needles and thread, combs, feathers, traps, axes and hoes, and jewelry. Also "Boats, Horses Stores &c for the use of the Trade". The invoice is certified as correct, July 24, 1823, by B. Pratte & Co. There is also a "List of Hands and Clerks," presumably in the employ of A.P. Chouteau.
Places Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Keywords Bernard Pratte and Company, fur trade, fur trader, commerce, trade, pioneer, invoice
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Fur trader and diplomat. Born in St. Louis and educated at West Point, A.P. Chouteau entered the fur trade business in 1807. In 1823 he purchased the trading house of Brand and Barbour at the convergence of the Verdigris, Arkansas, and Grand rivers in what would become Indian Territory. By 1830 Chouteau dominated the trade in that region, where he resided until his death in 1838.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 158
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue