By Don. A Berry
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Tall and slender, with dark hair and light eyes, Henry is an experienced and knowledgeable man in the trade; a few years later his type will be known as the "mountain man" but the term with that specific meaning doesn’t exist in 1822.. Henry hasn’t yet invented the breed. Ashley got his men in response to the advertisement; some of them had probably been waiting for it. There had been rumors of this expedition as much as 'five' months earlier, and evidence exists that Ashley and Henry had been putting supplies together as early as September, 1821, seven months before.
St. Louis existed by courtesy of the brown flood that swept past her doorstep. The shrewd trader Laclede picked this site, just below the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi. The great arteries of the interior funneled all their traffic down to the village; if you wanted to go anywhere you had to go through St. Louis. South? Down the river. East? Up the Mississippi and across by the Great Lakes route. West? The Missouri offered the only decent access to the interior of western America.
They raked the exposed beach, and in a few minutes most of the horses had been killed and many of the men, The remainder found what shelter they could behind the corpses of the animals, and tried to return the fire. Ashley, seeing the almost-instantaneous devastation of the party, ordered the keelboats to shore to take them off. " In desperation Ashley dispatched the skiffs. By the time they arrived, however, the beach party had changed its mind; they stubbornly refused to retreat, and continued to throw what they could at the picketed village.
A Majority of Scoundrels: An Informal History of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company by Don. A Berry