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The first name reflected social and cultural realities, while the second acknowledged the location of political authority. Throughout the second half of the eighteenth century, the people on both sides of the Mississippi, in what is now eastern Missouri and southern Illinois, formed a single French culture. Movement back and forth across the river was common. One visitor, for instance, remarked on how "short and easy'' it was to get from Ste. Geneviève on the western side to Kaskaskia on the eastern; he described the location of St.

8 Here I focus on one of the earliest Page 6 groups of lawyers to emigrate west, those who headed out to Missouri in the years after the Louisiana Purchase, men about whom very little has been written apart from the hagiographic capsule biographies that make up so many awful late-nineteenth-century "Bench and Bar of X County" collections. I am interested primarily in two questions. Why were lawyers so eager to move to the western territories? What role did they play in the economic development of the territories?

A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v FOR JILLIAN AND HARRISON, TWO NATIVES Page vii CONTENTS List of Maps ix Acknowledgments xi Note on Sources and Translations xiii Introduction 3 Part I: France and Spain, 17501803 11 1. Upper Louisiana 13 2. Sources of Written Law 36 3. Unwritten Norms 51 4. Common Fields 67 Part II: United States, 18031860 83 5. Transition 85 6. Lawyers 101 7. Written Law 122 8. Private Land 137 Conclusion 149 Notes 153 Bibliography 181 Index 201 Page ix MAPS 1. The Illinois Country, 1778 15 2.

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