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By W. Dale Nelson

ISBN-10: 1417515058

ISBN-13: 9781417515059

ISBN-10: 1574411659

ISBN-13: 9781574411652

When interpreter Toussaint Charbonneau, a French Canadian fur dealer residing one of the Hidatsas, and his Shoshone Indian spouse, Sacagawea, joined the Lewis and Clark day trip in 1804, they headed into kingdom mostly unknown to them, because it used to be to Thomas Jefferson's hand-picked explorers. there's little question as to the significance of Sacagawea's presence at the trip. She has turn into a near-legendary determine for her function as interpreter, consultant, and “token of peace.” Toussaint, besides the fact that, has been maligned in either fiction and nonfiction alike—Lewis himself known as him “a guy of no extraordinary merit.”

W. Dale Nelson bargains a frank and sincere portrayal of Toussaint, suggesting his personality has probably been judged too harshly. He used to be certainly priceless as an interpreter and without doubt worthy along with his wisdom of the Indian tribes the crowd encountered. for instance, Toussaint proved his worthy in negotiations with the Shoshones for much-needed horses, and together with his adventure as a fur dealer, he regularly looked as if it would strike a greater discount than his companions.

During the excursion Sacagawea gave delivery to a son, Jean Baptiste. together with her dying in 1812, Clark assumed custody of her son and Toussaint again to his existence at the top Missouri. Surviving his spouse via virtually 3 many years, Toussaint labored lower than Clark (then Superintendent of Indian Affairs in St. Louis) as an interpreter for presidency officers, explorers, artists, and traveling dignitaries. Jean Baptiste traveled the Rocky Mountains as a mountain guy, was once a scout throughout the Mexican American battle, and served as mayor and choose for the San Luis Rey Mission.

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6 Since Toussaint’s mishap of April 13, Drouillard had usually been steering the white pirogue. ” A strain of timidity was understandable in a non-swimmer piloting a clumsy flat-bottomed craft up the Missouri. 7 As before, a sudden squall struck the boat. Instead of putting the vessel before the wind as a more experienced hand would have done, Toussaint steered her directly into it. This knocked the brace of the square sail out of the hands of the man attending it. The billowing sail turned the pirogue on its side, and the boat began to fill with water.

Often the men could make no headway with oars against the mainstream current, and sought calmer water near the shore. There they mounted a catwalk and tried to push the craft along with poles fitted against their shoulders. When even this didn’t work, they would break out a long rope and walk along the bank with it, engaging in a grim tug of war with the mighty stream. Sometimes they just jumped into the river and pushed. 1 It was no wonder that Toussaint, more experienced as a woodsman than a boatman, was in trouble before the expedition had been on the river for a week.

16 53 Chapter Five By March 23, foul weather had delayed departure for five days. The weather that morning was so bad that the captains debated whether to risk starting or order another postponement. About noon, the rain stopped.

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