My First Pocket Guide to Missouri by Carole Marsh

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The banks of the Mississippi They turned Louisiana over to River. St. Louis became Spain in a secret treaty in 1762 so it known as a crossroads for wouldn’t be taken the British and Spanish over by the British. empires in the New World. 39 Early Economy The fur trade brought explorers and trappers from Canada to Missouri. French missionaries set up trading stations at their missions, and the fur trade with the Native Americans turned into a booming business. French miners brought African slaves to Missouri to look for silver.

Several families the north. The Osage were known occupied large for their height. 8 meters) tall, and some of mats and buffalo the men were more than 7 feet hides. 1 meters) tall. Indian Tribes 53 Explorers Here, There, Everywhere! In the 1500s, HERNANDO DE SOTO explored Missouri while searching for gold. He was probably the first European to see the Mississippi River. FRANCISCO VÁSQUEZ DE CORONADO explored the Mississippi River Valley. He was also looking for gold. In the 1600s, French explorers LOUIS JOLLIET and FATHER JACQUES MARQUETTE sailed down the Mississippi River.

Francis • Current • Black • Platte • Chariton • Grand 31 Major Lakes & Reservoirs Gone Fishin’ Missouri doesn’t have many large natural lakes. Most of them were man-made for the purpose of controlling flooding from the many rivers and streams, and to provide the power for electric plants. Major Lakes & Reservoirs Here are some of Missouri’s largest lakes and reservoirs: ● Bull Shoals Lake ● Pomme de Terre Lake ● Clearwater Lake ● Table Rock Lake ● Harry S. Truman Reservoir ● Wappapello Lake ● Lake of the Ozarks The Lake of the Ozarks attracts many visitors because it is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.

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