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In early 1836, Joseph began his exploration of the country.

His travels took him to Pittsburgh; Lima, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Indianapolis; Vincennes, Indiana; Vandalia, Illinois; and St. Instructed to stay away from large cities, he turned eastward and finally decided on the land (now Ste.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 116 households out of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families.

In October 1836 Joseph returned to France and gave a favorable report of the land.

On January 29, 1837, an association of five including Jacques Picquet, Joseph Picquet, Joseph Schifferstein, Charles Hoffman and Joseph Picquet was formed, with the intent of acquiring and developing land in the United States so that they could build their own estates, free of oppression.

On July 20, the new immigrants bought a small farm near St. They boarded with William Price who had a cabin nearby.

In 1835, Joseph Picquet (19 years old) was sent to the United States to "spy out the land" and report back to the family.

His father and elders could not afford to be away for such a long time.

On October 12, Ferdinand Hartrich, Etienne Lauer and Joseph Picquet went to Palestine and recorded approximately 12,000 acres (49 km) in the Land Office there.

Father Stephen Theodore Badin, a Frenchman, came during this time to bless this work of their own hands and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in their presence.

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