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  Gratiot Moves to St. Louis
Category:  Economy/Employment, Planning and Development
Brief Description:  Charles Gratiot, an American Revolutionary War hero, moved to St. Louis from Cahokia in 1780. Already a successful merchant, he would become one of St. Louis´ leading businessmen amd landowners. The 28-year-old Gratiot married Victoire Chouteau, Pierre Laclede and Madame Chouteau´s oldest daughter, in 1781. After the Louisiana Purchase, the United States challenged and rejected many Spanish land grants. However, Gratiot´s position and political clout resulted in America´s acceptance of his land grant in 1808. Gratiot had been granted what is called today the Gratiot League Square, about three miles by three miles in present day central western St. Louis.
Year:  1780
Decade:  1780 - 1789
Beginning Date:    1781
Ending Date:     Jan. 01, 1781

Chouteau, Victoire



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