September 21st, 1806, St. Charles, MO: The boatmen paddle the 48 miles to St. Charles from La Charrette. They passed 12 canoes of Kickapoos ascending on a hunting expedition. “The party rejoiced at the sight of this hospitable village” – William Clark
There were many people cheering on the shoreline as the party landed. They received invitations from several to go to their houses, they were provided with provisions by the townspeople.
Lewis begins a letter to Thomas Jefferson:
Having acquired information & provisions of the Mandans on the evening of the 7th of Apl. 1805, we embarked with our baggage on board 2 large perogues and six small canoes at Fort Mandan on Voyage of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean.” unfinished, Meriwether Lewis
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