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Toussaint Charbonneau, a fur trader living at the Mandan village, arrives at Fort Mandan. Because he speaks French and Mandan and has two Shoshone wives, the Captains hire him as an interpreter. He will bring along one of his wives.

a french man by Name Chabonah, who Speaks the Big Belley language visit us, he wished to hire & informed us his 2 Squars were Snake Indians, we engau him to go on with us and take one of his wives to interpet the Snake language

William Clark

Toussaint Charbonneau?

Historical painting of a Metee trader

Historic painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.

we got one line of our huts raised So that we got the Eve Beames on & all of large Timber So that it took all the men hard lifting to put the 16 foot eve Beames.

John Ordway

Fort Mandan ceiling

Rough hewn beams and plank ceiling

Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.