Forgotten Fur Trader: Joseph Graveline and Exploration on the Upper Missouri River

Forgotten Fur Trader: Joseph Graveline and Exploration on the Upper Missouri River

W. Raymond Wood examines the life of a little-known French-Canadian trader and interpreter. Graveline first came to historians’ attention through the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whom he assisted during their travels through Louisiana Territory in 1804–1806. Wood focuses on Graveline’s interactions with traders, explorers, government officials and American Indians before and after the Lewis and Clark Expedition to provide a fuller picture of the fur trader and his impact on the region. Wood is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Missouri, where he taught for almost four decades.

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