January 3, 1735

The village of Ste. Genevieve was founded by French trappers and miners. French settlers had been living in the area for three years prior to that.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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