The French Engagés

Clark's list of French-Canadian Hirelings

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This list, from Document 27 of Clark's Field Notes, is supplementary to, but not identical with, the one in the Detachment Orders of May 26, 1804, and thus adds to the uncertainty about the exact number and names of the engagés who were assigned to the red pirogue, which therefore was sometimes called "the French pirogue" by the journalists. Baptiste Deschamps was the "patron," or boss—skipper in this context—of the French pirogue's crew. Moulton, Journals, 2:347, 349n.


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