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M-565 Barbeau, Charles Fur Trader's Manuscript Map of Illinois Country

ABSTRACT: Manuscript map by fur trader Charles Barbeau, circa 1803-1804.

SCOPE: This manuscript, created by fur trader Charles Barbeau, illustrates the Illinois Country surrounding the Mississippi River and Kaskaskia River around 1803-1804. The map highlights settlements in the area at the time, including “Fort L’Kentucky” and three English trading posts. Travel times are also noted between various points, and an illustration of an animal appears at the bottom of the page. The name Isaac Hill is also mentioned, possibly referring to the man President Thomas Jefferson commissioned to survey the Illinois Territory around 1808.

The verso lists an inventory of furs, livestock, hunting rifles, and other goods in addition to a number of enslaved people. Both the map and inventory are written in French.

EXTENT: Two pages.

ACCESS: Due to the fragile nature of this collection, physical access may be restricted. Please contact the library for further information. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus. The manuscript is available for remote & online viewing on the UMSL Digital Library as M-565 Barbeau, Charles Fur Trader’s Manuscript Map of Illinois Country.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."