"Spring and fall, the wharves "under the hill" have been thronged with craft guaranteed to or from the Missouri: the keel boat of the approved dealer, encumbered with Indian items for the out voyage; the Mackinaw or flat-bottom scow, weighted to the water's facet with packs of beaver and buffalo skins; the dugout canoe of the unfastened trapper, who had paddled in from a few anonymous mountain or prairie flow together with his season's capture of furs, gowns, tallow, and buffalo meat. throughout the nice days of this the variety of white males hired through the St. Louis investors grew from to 1 thousand. They have been French or Spanish creoles, younger habitants bent on experience, Canadian voyageurs who had drifted down from the north, or American frontiersmen,—restless spirits like Daniel Boone whom the restraints of civilization had pushed into the recent desert past the Mississippi. operating as engages, at a stipulated salary and preserve, or as unfastened trappers, hoping on a aggressive industry to recompense them for the season's outlay, they spent their well-deserved funds in drink and carousal, and barely discovered greater than a naked subsistence from a lifetime of striking hardship."
Government regulate vs. Laissez-faire Spanish Policy.
The Fur investors of St. Louis
Rivalry of the yank Companies
Decline of the Fur Trade
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