With a rifle and a 30-pound pack of supplies, how would you like to be sent out alone into the Rocky Mountain wilderness in the winter of 1807-08 to find camps of the native tribes in the area? Two seasoned young men in their early thirties, veterans of the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition, accepted that assignment.
They did not travel together; their new boss, Manuel Lisa, leader of the first American expedition to enter the Rockies after Lewis and Clark, sent the two men in different directions. He wanted them to reach many tribes to tell them to come into his newly-established Fort Raymond to trade.
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