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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Another cold day at Fort Mandan on the Missouri River opposite the Knife River Mandan villages. Charbonneau returns from a visit with the Turtle Hill Minataree with news of the fur trade and frostbite on his face.

From the journals...

Chaboneu informs that the Clerk of the Hudsons Bay Co. with the Me ne tar res has been Speaking Some fiew expressns. unfavourable towards us, and that it is Said the N W Co. intends building a fort at the Mene tar re's— he Saw the Grand Chief of the Big bellies who Spoke Slightly of the Americans, Saying if we would give our great flag to him he would Come to See us.

William Clark

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