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  Cerre moves to St. Louis
Category:  Economy/Employment, Planning and Development
Brief Description:  Gabriel Cerre, one of the most powerful and successful merchants and fur traders in Kaskaskia, IL, moved to St. Louis around 1778, in part ot escape the lawlessness of the American side of the river. A friend of Pierre Laclede, Cerre immediately became the wealthiest merchant in St. Louis. He was also the largest slaveholder in the territory, with 43. Cerre was granted a major share of the Missouri River fur trade after his arrival in St. Louis. he used his profits to acquire approximately 6,000 acress of land around the City, making him one of St. LouisĀ“ largest landowners as well.
Year:  1778
Decade:  1770 - 1779
Beginning Date:    1778
Ending Date:    1778

Cerre, Gabriel



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