Name: Lisa, Manuel
Profession: Explorer or Trapper
Born/Started: Sep. 08, 1772
Died/Ended: Aug. 12, 1820
Description: Manuel Lisa was born in St. Louis and upon his arrival in St. Louis, became involved in the city´s booming fur trade industry, in direct competition with the Chouteau family.
Lisa led expeditions into Native American territory and, in 1807, established a trading post at the Bighorn River in Montana. It was the first American fort located in the upper Missouri. He also built Fort Lisa in what is now Omaha, NB.
Lisa became involved in the Missouri Fur Company with the Chouteaus and William Clark in 1808. He dominated the fur trading industry for 20 years and was among the group that established the Bank of St. Louis in 1813.
Lisa was married three times and had five children, three of which died before adulthood. [Final Resting Place, p. 21]
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