Cabanne's Trading Post was established in 1822 by the American Fur Company as Fort Robidoux near present-day Dodge Park in North Omaha, Nebraska. It was named for influential fur trapperJoseph Robidoux., Andreas' History of Nebraska. Retrieved 4/28/08. Soon after it was opened, the post was called the French Company for the ancestry of its operator, who was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. It was also called Cabanné's Post, named after its operator, Jean Pierre Cabanné.
Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, who toured the Louisiana Purchase extensively, visited the Post in 1823 and wrote highly of it, praising Cabanné and the accommodations. Cabanné recruited traders and trappers for the American Fur Company, which expanded under John Jacob Astor to monopolize the American fur trade. Among Cabanne's many recruits was the man for whom La Barge, Wyoming was named, Joseph Marie La Barge. Cabanné operated the post until... Read More