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Fort Mandan

December 19, 1804

Clark spent the day working on his map: " I engage myself in connecting the country".

December 20, 1804

" the thermometer 24 above 0 at sunrise, we availed ourselves of this change to picket* the fort".

picket*- High straight timbers that surround a fort to keep people out and protect the fort from an enemy attack.

December 21, 1804

" the Indian whome I stoped from Commiting murder on his wife, thro jellousy of one of our interpeters, Came & brought his two wives and showed great anxiety to make up with the man with whome his joulassey Sprung - a Womon brought a Child with an abcess on the lower part of the back and offered as much Corn as she could Carry for some Medison, Capt. Lewis administered". 

December 22, 1804

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a number of Squars womn & men dressed in Squars Clothes came with corn to sell to the men for little things, we precured two horns of the animale the french call the rock Mountain Sheep*  those horns are not of the largest kind ... it is about the size of a large deer, or small Elk, its horns come out and wind around the head like the horn of a Ram and the texture not unlike it. "

rock Mountain Sheep*  - Bighorn sheep

December 23, 1804


" Little Raven *
brought his wife and she then entertained us with a favourite Mandan dish, a mix of pumpkins, beans, corn & chokecherries".

Little Raven *  - Little Crow -  2nd Chief of  First Mandan Village - Mitutanka

December 24, 1804

 Captains Lewis and Clark prepare gifts for three Indian Chiefs:" to the three Chiefs we divided a sheep skin into 3 pieces; they were delighted with the gift, which they deemed of equal value with a fine horse".

December 25, 1804 - Christmas Day

 
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