Two Banks of the River: The French Influence of the Red River Region during the Eighteenth Century

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Shell, Sara Anne
Red River region; France; colonialization; United States History
thesis / dissertation description
Every river has two banks, in the same way that every story is two-sided. Reserch in any subject will show this to be true, and the key to understanding a region is to explore more than one aspect of its existence, deriving a conclusion from the contradictions encountered. Depicting the influence of France in the Red River region, from 1699 to 1803, different circumstances proceed from the past of its development and peoples, into the present. The intent of this paper has been to discuss France's ambition of colonization by gold rushing, agriculture, and trade, the relations between French, Indian, and Spanish residents, the purpose of the settlements, impact of the language, the personality of the frontiersman, his judicial system, and his women, to lead the reader to an awareness of how, through various situations, this region evolved.