2022 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries–
Saint Louis, USA
Theme: At the Heart of the Continent: Native Americans and Newcomers in the Upper Mississippi Region
Often referred to as the Gateway to the West, Saint Louis was founded by French fur-traders in 1764, ceded to Spain within the year, returned to French control in 1800; then bought by the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. It was a territory that was rich in people and natural resources. Directly across the Mississippi River from the city are the Cahokia Mounds, a major center of the Mississippian peoples who flourished in the area through the fifteenth century. Several Native American nations lived in this region in the historic era as well, including the Osage or People of the Middle Waters. Trajectories of cultural contact, trade, and exploration radiated in all directions from this land. This intriguing place offers the inspiration for the conference.