Discover the history of Missouri exploration by French explorers. Learn their biographies and input into development of local lands by Jolliet, Robert de La Salle, Etienne de Bourgmont, Pierre Laclede, and Rene Auguste Chouteau. Find out about their lives, achievements, and contribution into American history. There are links to eThemes resource on French Explorers and Settlers Around the Mississippi and Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Explorers of Missouri
This web quest teaches students the importance of Father Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, Robert de La Salle, and Etienne de Bourgmont to Missouri, where they come from, what they were in search of, when they explored Missouri and their impact on the area.
ThinkQuest: French Explorers
Find out why several French explorers ventured into the middle of the American continent. Click on the "La Salle", "Father Marquette", and "Jolliet" links at the top to learn biographies of these explores who explored the southern part of the country and Missouri area.
Read about the famous explorer Etienne de Bourgmont. Learn about his expedition to the south and his trade with Indian tribes. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
Pierre Laclede: Founder of St. Louis
Learn about Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis. Find out about his life, family, trade, and expeditions. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
Fact Monster: Rene Auguste Chouteau
Learn biography facts from life of Rene Auguste Chouteau. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
PBS: The West: Corps of Discovery
Learn about the Louis and Clark expedition and their discoveries along the Missouri River. Scroll down the page and select the "Quiz" link to test your knowledge. NOTE: The site includes ads.
PBS: The West: Events Index
Use the timeline links at the left to explore different centuries and what was happening on the Missouri land throughout the history of the United States. NOTE: The site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: French Explorers and Settlers Around the Mississippi
These sites have biographies of French explorers and traders, plus information about French settlements in Missouri and other states along the Mississippi. Includes locations of the first French settlements and descriptions of some arts and crafts. Includes an interactive story and a video about the history of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
eThemes Resource: Lewis and Clark Expedition: Louisiana Purchase and Exploring the West
Learn about Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark and their journey that began in Missouri. View the Louisiana Purchase and other documents from that time period. Includes two eMINTS WebQuests on Lewis and Clark as well as a video from the Finding Missouri: Our History and Heritage series.