This is a shot looking south towards the Gateway Arch in St. Louis from a nearby street in Laclede's Landing, which is a small urban historic district that marks the northern part of the original settlement founded by the Frenchman Pierre Laclède, whose landing on the riverside the name commemorates. The western bank of the Mississippi River lies just a couple blocks to the east (left).
"Laclède was sponsored by the New Orleans merchant Gilbert Antoine de Saint-Maxent in 1763 to construct a trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Gilbert was offered monopolies by D'Abbadie, which was then passed on to Laclède as a six year trading monopoly with the Indians of Missouri.
Given the length and the impending winter, Laclède began prepping for the journey immediately. In August, he and a small crew, which included his common law wife's son Rene Auguste Chouteau. Jr. Though few outposts or trading posts were already set-up, many Europeans had made the journey up the Mississippi River, making the trip more monotonous than exciting. They arrived at the confluence in December. The confluence area was too marshy to build a town, so they selected a site 18 miles downriver. Legend has it that St. Louis was founded on Saint Valentine's Day of 1764."
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