George Drouillard: Hunter and Interpreter for Lewis and Clark and Fur Trader, 1807-1810

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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George Drouillard?s service to the Lewis and Clark Expedition was long obscured by the stronger light cast on the leaders and Sacagawea. Drawing from the various journals of the expedition and from many more obscure documents, letters, and legal records, M. O. Skarsten presents not merely an account of the pursuits in which Drouillard engaged but also an idea of the kind of man he was, as a member of the famous expedition and later as a partner of Manuel Lisa in the fur trade. The variety of responsibilities assigned to Drouillard during the expedition form an impressive list?recruiting personnel, message bearing, retrieving a deserter, pursuing strayed and stolen horses, trading for horses and canoes, horse gelding, and serving as riverboat helmsman, diplomat to the Indians, and boon companion to Lewis?in addition to the hunting and interpreting for which he was specifically hired. Skarsten also pays detailed attention to Drouillard?s fur-trade activities, including his trial for the murder of Bissonette, his attempt to trade with the Blackfeet, and later his death at their hands in 1810. Robert C. Carriker?s introduction to this edition includes information on Skarsten, an evaluation of his treatment of Drouillard, and new information on Drouillard revealed since the book?s original publication in 1964.
  

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Contents

Preface
xv
A Promising Recruit
17
No Positive Bargain
27
Anchors Aweigh
35
Westward Bound
41
Desertion
45
Enter the Redmen
53
The Tetons
65
Horse Traders
177
Camp Chopunnish
187
The Bitterroots
205
Trailing the Horse Thieves
219
Encounter with the Blackfeet
225
an Appraisal
237
FUR TRADING VENTURES
249
First Fur Trading Venture
251

Danger Ahead
81
In Search of the Redmen
95
A Shoshone Chieftain
117
Among the Shoshones
127
Across the Bitterroots to the Nez Perce
137
Down the Columbia
147
Inclement Weather
159
Fort Clatsop
165
Reconnoitering for Customers
259
The Grip of the Law
271
Second Fur Trading Venture
281
The Three Forks
297
The Prairie Wind
305
Indian Sign Language
317
Bibliography
343
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About the author (2005)

M. O. Skarsten, a professor emeritus at Pacific University, was a long-time admirer and student of Lewis and Clark affairs. Robert C. Carriker, historian of the fur trade, Lewis and Clark, and Western exploration, is the author of several books, including America Looks West: Lewis and Clark on the Missouri.

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