American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland by Stephen Aron

By Stephen Aron

Within the center of North the United States, the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers come jointly, uniting waters from west, north, and east on a trip to the south. this is often the zone that Stephen Aron calls the yank Confluence. Aron's leading edge booklet examines the background of that area -- a house to the Osage, a colony exploited via the French, a brand new frontier explored by means of Lewis and Clark -- and focuses at the region's transition from a spot of overlapping borderlands to at least one of oppositional border states. American Confluence is a full of life account that may satisfaction either the novice historian.

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As in the western Great Lakes, such conflicts opened up opportunities for French mediation. But unlike Indians in the western Great Lakes, the Osages were not in a weakened or disoriented condition. Also unlike the pays d’en haut where the French faced as yet no serious imperial competitors, the Mississippi and Missouri valleys had attracted the attention of Spanish authorities. Moreover, even as French officials grappled with borderland complications, they confronted internal differences pitting imperial concerns against individual and local interests.

Such misunderstandings threatened to undermine peaceful relations and political bonds between French and Algonquians. At times, it did. 21 Close Encounters of the First Kind Even as these symbiotic relations emerged in the western Great Lakes, French eyes fastened on new lands for missionaries and traders to work. Behind official support for exploration and expansion lay hopes of finding finally a source of precious metals 18 AMERICAN CONFLUENCE or the long sought water route across the North American continent.

8 In crossing the Mississippi, refugees from Cahokia moved among some people with whom they had long-standing trade and kinship ties and others who were less familiar to them. By the fifteenth century, the area that became Missouri was home to a variety of groups, including possibly the Osages. According to the Osages’ creation myth, their origin traced to the mating of the first Osage man, who came down from the sun, and the first Osage woman, who hailed from the moon. This coupling produced six offspring, three boys and three girls, who in pairs explored the wilderness in all directions.

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