Here Bourgmont is pictured with his Missouria wife as they make a visit from France to her homeland.
July 26, 1720: On this date Etienne Véniard, sieur de Bourgmont was commissioned Captain of Infantry. The next month he was named "Commandant du Missouri", or "Commandant of the Missouri River." He is best known for founding Fort d'Orleans in what is now Carroll County at the mouth of the Grand River, forging friendly relations with surrounding Indian tribes like the Missouria, and creating some of the first European maps of the area.
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.