The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 194
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Americans who, like Daniel Boone, manifested a strong feeling
against their native country. According to Violette, Boone was
granted 10,000 acres by DeLassus in return for bringing into
Upper Louisiana one hundred and fifty families from Virginia
and Kentucky, but through failure to secure the necessary legal
documents, he was never able to obtain confirmation of his grant.0
However, the only record of his grant found recites that, on De-
cember 26, 1799, he was promised 1000 arpents by Trudeau.1" In
this no mention of the families to be brought in is made.
From the records, it is clear that many Americans located in
Louisiana prior to its sale to the United States; but no definite
figures can be given, as the census reports are fragmentary. How-
ever, Viles, who made a careful study of the population of Mis-
souri before 1804, estimates that the increase of white population
at New, Madrid after 1797 was considerable; that St. Genevieve
grew steadily between 1795 and 1800; that Cape Girardeau in-
creased in a fairly constant ratio between 1799 and 1803-fully
200 per year; and that St. Louis added to her population prac-
tically 100 persons each year between 1796 and 1800. From ac-
tual statistics it is known that by 1800 the population of Upper
Louisiana amounted to 4949 and that Lower Louisiana, too, in
spite of its unfavorable climate, had increased from 12,500 in
1769 to approximately 27,000 in 1798, when the tide of immi-
gration had reached its height. All authorities agree that this un-
questionably represented, for the most part, an immigration of
We are now in a position to follow the development of the col-
onization movement from Louisiana to Texas.
"Hoistory of Missouri, 64.
'1American State Papers, Publio Lands, III, 332.
"Viles, "Population and Extent of Settlement in Missouri Before 1804,"
in Missouri Historical Review, V, 197, 199, 204, and 207; Houck, The Span-
ish Rggime in Missouri, II, 414; and Martin, History of Louisiana, 206,
240, and 300.
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