Best remembered while the co-founder (along with his stepson Auguste Chouteau) of the town of St. Louis, Missouri, this eighteenth-century hair investor was tasked with creating a trading post near to the intersection from the Missouri and Mississippi streams. In 1763, a French-born, New Orleans-based vendor called Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent asked Laclede to explore the north Louisiana place with the goal of finding a spot for a hair trading city. He frequently exchanged using the Osage Local Americans. He was raised in Bedous, France. His common-law relationship to Marie Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau led to a son called Jean Pierre and daughters called Marie Pelagie, Marie Louise, and Victoire. He and Joseph Nicollet, both delivered through the 18th Hundred years, had been prominent French explorers from the north Mississippi River region.