On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Two men from the North West Company visit Fort Mandan. They intend to establish a trading post with the Assiniboin to the north. The Expedition's men build a platform outside the meat and smoke house for the sentinel to walk on.
From the journals...
5th December Wednesday 1804
two of the N W. Companey Came to See us, to let us Know they intended to Set out for the establishment on the osinniboin River in two Days—& their party would Consist of 5 men
North West Company coat of arms 1800-1820
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