How Did Living in an Outpost of Empire Influence Perceptions of Women's Sexual, Marital, and Public Roles in Eighteenth-Century Colonial St. Louis?

Abstract

   This project analyzes attitudes toward women's roles as wives and mothers in eighteenth-century colonial St. Louis. In this outpost of the Spanish empire, populated by French, Spanish, African, and Indian residents, authorities seeking the creation of a growing colonial population paid close attention to inhabitants' intimate relations. Official preoccupation with reproducing a biologically and culturally European community led to efforts to limit interracial socializing and control women's sexual conduct.

   

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