"Early French Settlement on the Mississippi" Sainte Genevieve by grandmaR

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Founded by French migrants around 1735, it was the first permanent European settlement west of the Mississippi River in present-day Missouri. It was in the area of the pre-Louisiana Purchase called New France. The town was named for Ste. Genevieve who was the patron saint of Paris. In 1762 at the time of the Treaty of Fountainbleau, France ceded the west bank to Spain. Then in 1763 the land east of the river was ceded by France to Great Britain, so French settlers moved across the river to Ste. Genevieve. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1804, English and Germans also migrated to the village, but it still retained the French culture and heritage.

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