Antoine Saugrain in profile, illustration

Dr. Antoine Francois Saugrain is born: February 17, 1763

Antoine Saugrain, a French physician and scientist who played a significant role in the early history of St. Louis, was born on this date in 1763.

Hernando de Soto

September 6, 1541

Hernando DeSoto’s party of exploration entered Missouri at what is now Ste. Genevieve.  They made camp that night near present day Farmington.