On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
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.
From the journals...
4th of Novr.
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
Historic painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.
Sunday 4th Nov. 1804.
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.
Fort Mandan ceiling
Photo taken with permission at Fort Mandan.