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Now the Aricaras piled out of the village and worked down to the end of the sandy beach. The shore party was forced back into the river. Some were picked off as they entered the water, others sank as they attempted to swim to the tantalizingly near keelboats. Still others were caught by the current and swept past the boats, leaving them no choice but to take to the shore again a little downstream. Getting aboard what men he could, Ashley weighed anchor and I began to drift downstream. The cable of the other boat was cut, and it followed.

Not quite yet—the true free trapper of later years, the elite of the mountain men, bought their outiits where they pleased and sold to whatever company bid highest at the rendezvous. Henry’s men were still indebted to one company for their equipment and obliged to dispose of their catch there. ") But the vital element of initiative had been introduced; the men were paid directly according to their hunting success. Henry’s party got off from St. Louis on April 3, l822 (the date of Hempstead’s letter).

Louis, and he would not have been disappointed. The tradition goes that news of Napoleon’s cession of Louisiana to the United States arrived at nearly the same time as the news of Spain’s cession to Napoleon. In order to fulfill the treaty with France, her flag must yield to the Stars and Stripes. But there wasn’t a French flag flying; it was still Spanish. Hence, on May 9, 1804, the Spanish flag was lowered and the French run up; on May 10 this was replaced by that of the United States, making St.

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