French trade and diplomacy in Kansas 1682- 1832

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Gustafson, Helen Maurine
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Rydjord, John, 1893-1994
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1959-06
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Shortly after La Salle claimed the Louisiana Territory for France in 1682, French fur-traders entered Kansas and, with their skill in diplomacy, their vigor, and their cheerful, indomitable spirit, they succeeded in remaining in Kansas for the next one hundred and fifty years or more, during which time they took large fortunes in furs out of the region. Kansas passed from the French to the Spanish and later to the Americans but the changes in administration in no way affected the French traders, whose one objective, whether they were coureurs du bois, voyageurs, or leaders of highly organized expeditions, was to win the confidence and allegiance of the Indians. Although the French seem to have left little impress on Kansas history, _other than the beautiful names they gave to rivers and localities, many of which have been Anglicized, they recognized Kansas as an important region, rich in trade potential, and, as long as they conducted trade in Kansas, their influence on, the region was great.

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French acquisition of Louisiana Territory -- Spanish reaction to French intrusion in Kansas -- Bourgmont's negotiations in Kansas -- French trading posts on the Kansas frontiers -- French trade routes to Spanish territory -- Kansas: Spanish territory -- French trade under Spanish governors -- The French in Kansas after the Louisiana purchase -- Bibliography -- Appendix
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Thesis (M.A.)-- University of Wichita, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of History
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Wichita State University
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