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Travelers and Travel's ''Significant 'Others''': Three Visitors to the Arkansas Territory in 1818-1819
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TitleTravelers and Travel's ''Significant 'Others''': Three Visitors to the Arkansas Territory in 1818-1819
AbstractArticle details the trip made by three different men, Thomas Nuttall, Henry Schoolcraft, and Timothy Flint, into Arkansas Territory during 1818-1819. At that time the territory encompassed an area which today includes Arkansas, a thin corridor of southern Missouri and a sizeable chunk of southeastern Oklahoma. Schoolcraft aimed to demonstrate his command of the new field of mineralogy, Nuttall was to produce a scientific catalog of southwestern plants, and Flint was set on travel writing. "Schoolcraft, for example, went West to study mining, but in his Journal, he rivets his attention on the Arkansas backwoodsmen he had met. Nuttall, who went to Arkansas to study plants, gave over a great deal of the Travels to consideration of the origins of Native Americans and the dangers of federal Indian policy. Flint began his travels and Recollections as a loyal New Englander; he finished as a Western booster and apologist." Indian relations, land titles, water systems, resources, etc., are all discussed. Article ends relating the fate of each man after his travels.
NotesSpecial Collections has the following titles: Recollections of the Last Ten Years...by Timothy Flint, MVSC 917.7 G62r; A Journal of Travels Into the Arkansa Territory by Thomas Nuttall, MVSC 976 N98j; and Journal of a Tour Into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw... by Henry Schoolcraft, MVSC 917.78 S37j.
AuthorLou Lange
DateOctober 1, 2005
SourceMissouri Historical Review
Local SubjectSchoolcraft, Henry R.
Mississippi River Valley
Arkansas Territory
Nuttall, Thomas
Flint, Timothy
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID214507
CONTENTdm number20864
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