SARASOTA, Fla. — New Bremen native and current Sarasota, Florida, resident Robert Kuck, II is the author of a new historic novel now available on Amazon.
“Blood and Honor” explores the life of French fur trader Pierre-Louis de Lorimier from his birth in Quebec in 1748 to his death in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1812.
Born of a Native mother and a French military officer, Lorimier relied heavily on skills inherited from both sides of his lineage to survive and trade successfully among Native tribes locked in competition with settlers moving into the western frontier.
Lorimier’s Ohio trading post located on a tributary of the Great Miami River became an important source of supply for Native nations and British military officials during the Revolutionary War. That support did not go unnoticed by American George Rogers Clark who ordered the trading post burned in 1782.
Lorimier’s colorful life included participation in the capture of Daniel Boone, raids against Kentucky settlements, marriage to the daughter of Antoine de Bougainville — first Frenchman to circumnavigate the globe — and defense of Spanish territory during the Genet Affair. In time, he would become the founder of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The novel opens a window to frontier life during a formative period in American history.
“Blood and Honor”, The Life and Times of Fur Trader Pierre-Louis de Lorimier by Robert Kuck II is now available in paperback on Amazon.com.