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St. Louis History

Founded as a trading post by French settlers and sold to the US in 1803, St. Louis is at the crossroads of some of the most important stories in American history. Located in the middle between east and west, it was once the point of departure for US explorers and settlers. Also being located in the middle between north and south meant it played a key role in the political fight over slavery that led to the Civil War. The mixing of American subcultures here also made it central to the evolution of American music. But centuries before any of that, it was the site of North America's greatest ancient city. These five sites reflect on different parts of the story to offer a great introduction to St. Louis history.

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