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Fort Sarpy

Riverboat Trilogy, Volume 1
Narrated by: Tom Bishop
Series: Riverboat Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Fort Sarpy tells the story of the American Fur Company's most dangerous post. The fort was built on the Yellowstone River in 1850 for the trade with the Crow. At this time, the tribe was located in a triangle between the Tongue and the Bighorn River, with its northern boundary the Musselshell River. 

In 1850, the Crow were a small tribe, at one time combined with the Gros Ventre before they split off in the 1700s. They'd been hit hard by the smallpox epidemic in the 1830s. Because of strong and numerous enemies - the Sioux, the Cheyenne, and the Arapahoe - the Crow had not had general access to the white man's trade goods unless they traveled out of their country, always a dangerous situation. Therefore, piercing this ring of foes and establishing a post for them was a precarious enterprise. 

Riverboats were an ideal means of hauling white man's goods to trade for the Crow furs from the plentiful Montana wildlife. The job of establishing a post in Indian territory was undertaken by Robert Meldrum, a man who lived with and knew the Crows like no other white man. Caleb Shaw, the young man who goes with him to erect the post, becomes his able assistant and a full-fledged mountain man. 

This audiobook is about Fort Sarpy, the American Fur Company men who dared to build it in the wilderness, and the Crow tribe, who owe their existence to its creation. This can be listened to as a stand-alone novel or enjoyed as the second in the series about the riverboats traveling the rivers of the Old West and the daring men who made the trips into the wilderness.

©2005 David C. Lloyd (P)2018 David C. Lloyd

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