The Mandan (First Americans) by Terry Allan Hicks

By Terry Allan Hicks

The 1st americans books depict the key tribes from their early heritage to their carrying on with fight for survival and dignity.

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Sacagawea. (Watts Library Explorers). Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts, 2004. Fradin, Dennis Brindell. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. New York: Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark, 2007. html About the Author Terry Allan Hicks has written more than a dozen titles for Benchmark Books, including a First Americans book about the Chumash people of the California coast. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Nancy, and their three sons, Jamie, Jack, and Andrew. 47 • Index Page numbers in boldface are illustrations.

20,000100,000 The Mandan are living in the forests along the lower Missouri River. c. 1000 The Mandan have settled in the upper Missouri Valley, where the Missouri meets the Knife and Heart rivers. c. 1600 The first Europeans to meet the Mandan, led by the FrenchCanadian explorer La Vérendrye, enter Mandan territory. 1738 The explorers of the Lewis and Clark expedition spend the winter with the Mandan and Hidatsa. 1804-1805 A smallpox epidemic kills most of the Mandan, forcing the survivors to join with the Hidatsa, and later, the Arikara.

33 The Mandan were so badly weakened that they had no choice but to join forces with the Hidatsa, who had also suffered terribly. Together the two peoples moved to Like-a-FishhookVillage, a settlement near the trading post of Fort Berthold in the western part of North Dakota, in 1845. S. government made many promises to the Mandan in the years that followed—and broke almost all of them. The 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie set aside a huge tract of land for a reservation for the Mandan and the Hidatsa.

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