Wilson Price Hunt and the men he had hired over the winter, left St. Louis in March, 1811. Accompanying Hunt was another partner, Joseph Miller, with two and one-half shares, an interpreter, Pierre Dorian Jr., with his wife, Marie, and two little boys. The boys were Jean Baptiste (five) and Jean (two). Two naturalists, John Bradbury and Thomas Nuttall – curator of the botanic gardens of Harvard University from 1925 to 1834 – accompanied the west-bound Astorians. After a few days at the Nodawa Camp, the Astorians started up the Missouri River on April 21, 1811.
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