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Fort Mandan

December 26, 1804

"no Indians visit us today.  A man from the NW Company Came down from the Gross Vintres to Get one of our interpeters to assist them in trade* "

interpeters to assist them in trade* - Mr. Larocque, a British trader, was seeking Charbonneau's ( Sacagawea's husband) services. 

December 27, 1804

"we were fortunate enough to have among our men a good blacksmith*, whom we set to work to make a variety of articles; his operations seem to surprise the Indians who came to see us."

good blacksmith* - The Corps had a small forge, compete with bellows and fueled by charcoal, on which they could work iron and other metals.  Shields and Willard were the smiths.   Besides repairing expedition equipment, they made tomahawk heads and other articles to trade to the Indians for food.

December 28 , 1804

" the frost severe, and the snow drifting in grate quantities."

December 29, 1804

Fort Mandan was active with several Indians visiting, the attraction ... the blacksmiths.   " the mercury at sunrise stood at 9 below 0."

December 30, 1804

" the mercury at sunrise stood at 20 below 0."

December 31, 1804

"a number of indians here every day  our black smitth mending their axes hoes for which they bring corn for payment."

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