Community On the Mississippi

Long before Missouri was a state several cultures settled along the Mississippi River. The French used the river as a highway for trade. They settled here bringing farming and building practices from Canada and New Orleans. American Indians, Africans, and Spanish workers were a large part of the population. Then Spanish administrators came to rule in 1770. To all, this place was home.

A National Park Service flat hat hangs on the wall next to a French style tricorn hat.

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Illustration of activity in the town of Sainte Genevieve. People are gathering in a dirt road.

History & Culture

Aquaint yourself with the French colonial settlement in the Illinois Country.

Last updated: February 3, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Sainte Genevieve National Historical Park
C/o Gateway Arch National Park
11 North 4th Street

St. Louis, MO 63102


314 435 3138

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