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Name:    Cerre, Gabriel
Profession:  Business Person
Died/Ended:     Apr. 01, 1805
Description:    Gabriel Cerre was a fur trader who was born in Montreal. He moved to Kaskaskia in 1755 and became one of the leading merchants there over the next 24 years. He moved to St. Louis in 1778, where he became one of the wealthiest men in the villages, as well as the largest slaveholder. His daughter married Auguste Chouteau in 1786.

Cerre was a close friend of Pierre Laclede who was adroit enough to do business on bothteh British and Spanish sides of the Mississippi. He was granted a large share of the Missouri fur trade in October 1779, which allowed his business to prosper further. Cerre used his profits to purchase vast tracts of land on the edges of the village, amassing thousands of acres. He died in April 1805.

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