On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Captains are given maps of the Missouri River between Fort Mandan and the Rocky Mountains sketched by visiting North West Company clerk Hugh Heney. The Mandan report that a herd of buffalo was scared away by the men cutting firewood.
From the journals...
Monday decemr 17th
One of our Serjeants fixed a horse sled, for one of the North west traders, a number of that Company Traders being in the two Villages of the Mandan Nation. They trafficed with the natives for Furr, Peltry & Buffalo hides to a very considerable amount
Fur trader with a dog sled
Drawing by Prince Maximillian of Wied circa 1834.