A **totally positive** matrix $M\in \mathcal{M}_{n\times m}(\mathbb R)$ is such that all of its minors of all sizes are positive. It is true that any Vandermonde matrix (with well-ordered positive entries) is totally positive. It seems that this fact should be classic. Although I can prove it by a variational argument, I cannot find a reference (in books I can think of or on the Internet) and I would like to know whether this is the "standard" way of proving the result, or if there is another (algebraic?) method known to the community.

Any pointer to a reference or direct proof would be very much appreciated !