Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont By Elizabeth Wellman

Why did Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont come to Kansas?

He fled to America in 1968 trying to escape imprisonment for not paying his fines for being caught poaching as a teenager. Later in 1702 he enlisted in the army and became a soldier in the Ohio Valley. In 1706 he became a commander at Fort Ponchartrian in Detroit, Michigan.

What did he find when he got to Kansas? What was his impressions of Kansas?

In 1712 he married the daughter of a Missouri Indian chief. And later on in 1719 he was sent to become alliances with American Indian tribes so he could bring their leaders to Isle Daphnis in Alabama.

What interactions and or relationships did Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont have with indigenous people?

He was a illegal trader from 1706-1709 and lived and traveled with other deserters. Like I just said in 1719 Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont was sent to become alliances with American Indian tribes.

Did Etienne Veniard de Bourgmonts exploration have a wider implication for the religion?

When he was going back to the Missouri tribe ,after traveling to Mobile, Alabama to try and escape his warrant for arrest, he went up the Missouri River and went further than previous explorers and he then wrote the book, “Exact Description of Louisiana, its harbors, lands, rivers, and names of Indian tribes that occupy it, and the commerce, and advantages to be derived from the establishment of a colony.”

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