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I have lots of characters in this book, most of them from history.
George Drouillard - is half-Shawnee half-French-Canadian scout said
John Potts – (1776-1810) - John joined Manuel Lisa's trapping party of 1807 to the upper Missouri. In 1810 he was a member of Andrew Henry's party to the Three Forks of the Missouri. Here he again met John Colter, where they were attacked by the Blackfeet.
Peter Weiser – (1781 - ?) - Between 1808 and 1810 he was on the Three Forks of the Missouri, and on the Snake River. He was killed prior to the years 1825 - 1828. The town of Weiser, and the Weiser River in Idaho, are named for him. Pilots the supply boat in my books.
John Collins – (? - 1823) - Was killed while in a fight with the Arikara on June 2, 1823.
Pierre Cruzatte – (? - 1825 - 28) – Half-blind near-deaf trapper that’s a bit of a comic foible in my novels.
George Gibson – (? - 1809) - Married after the expedition, but died in St. Louis in 1809.
Hugh Hall – (1772 - ?) – William Clark notes that he drank and was one of the more quarrelsome of the party. He is reported in St. Louis in 1809 and was living in 1828.
Joseph Whitehouse – (1775 - ?) - Clark, in his account of the members made during the years 1825-1828, lists the name, Joseph Whitehouse, without comment.
John Baptiste Bouche – Quarrelsome man that gives Manuel Lisa unending grief in Book 2 and 3.
Edward Rose – Mulatto interpreter who lived with Osage Indians and causes a helluva stir for Manuel Lisa.
Francois LeCompt – half-blood trader
Edward Robinson – these three men have their own famous adventure shortly after this book.
John Hoback – pilots one of the boats.
Jacob Reznor – master of the swivel gun
Sylvester Labbadie – Carpenter at fort that’s married into Chouteau family
Mike Bradley – Lead carpenter at Fort Raymond
The Unified Tribes
Siksika Tribe (Blackfoot) – 1st strongest
Kainai Tribe (Blood) – 2nd strongest
Pikuni Tribe (Piegan) – 3rd strongest
Big Dog – Chief of the unified tribes of the Blackfeet Nation and one that wants to send them on the warpath soon. Hails from the Siksika Tribe.
Wolf Eyes – the leading Wise One of Chief Big Dog’s Siksika Tribe, and one that is now the main political power of the unified tribes, the main schemer. Many of the other Wise Ones now despise him.
Strong Breeze – the fastest runner of the Blackfeet unified tribes. Hails from the Siksika Tribe.
Long Snake – Strong Breeze’s best friend and follower, from the Siksika Tribe.
Little Jaw – Blackfeet warrior that prefers to use two tomahawks (Siksika)
Turtle Tail – Chief of the Blood tribe of the Blackfeet Nation.
Fox Foot – Blackfeet warrior that led the attack against the Nez Perce and recovered guns. Hails from the Blood.
Small Head – Fox Foot’s best friend, one who’s devising a weapon with the powder that’s not quite a rifle. Hails from the Blood Tribe.
Soaring Eagle – Blackfeet warrior that uses a bow (Blood)
Long Rider – Blackfeet warrior that uses a spear (Blood)
Short Horse – Blackfeet brave that has old broken rifle barrel from Nez Perce (Blood)
Stone Bear – Wise One from Pikuni band of the Piegan Tribe that is now considered their chief, since Chief He Who Shouts died over the winter.
Cold Heart – Medicine man of the Pikuni band of the Piegan tribe, now acting as counselor and adviser to Stone Bear.
Wolf Calf – Stone Bear’s son, getting strong-willed and becoming more like Buffalo Child was. This worries Stone Bear, who fears his son will be killed soon.
Quiet Thunder – Young brave and friend of Wolf Calf, survived over the winter by not rushing off from cave like Buffalo Child and others had. He’s often scared, and always cautious.
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