Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Bourgeois FrontierFrench Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jay Gitlin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101188

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101188.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 30 July 2021

Managing the Tribe of Chouteau

Managing the Tribe of Chouteau

Chapter:
(p.124) 6 Managing the Tribe of Chouteau
Source:
The Bourgeois Frontier
Author(s):

Jay Gitlin

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101188.003.0007

Kinship ties were important to the French of the Creole Corridor. Creole merchant capitalists, as a primarily urban group with commercial aspirations and genteel cultural practices, valued continuity and reputation more than spontaneity and democracy. The historiography of the fur trade demonstrates the difficulty of finding an appropriate framework in which to place the activities of these Creole merchants. This chapter examines the expansion of the Chouteau family businesses and the family itself over three generations, focusing on family structure and marriage strategy over time. It looks at the education or apprenticeship of younger family members and the problem of continuity, the problem of profligate sons and the stress arising from such a close relationship between family and business, and the role of women within the family. Finally, the chapter suggests how focusing on families on the frontier can alter our traditional view of western expansion.

Keywords:   western expansion, French, Creole Corridor, merchants, fur trade, Chouteau family, family businesses, marriage, women, frontier

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.