The horses of the Nez Perce

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May 13, 1806
This morning Captain Clark was busily engaged with his patients until 11 oclock. In the evening we tried the speed of several of our horses. These horses are active, strong, and well formed. These people have immense numbers of them, 50, 60 or a hundred head is not unusual for an individual to possess. They do not appear to be so much devoted to baubles as most of the nations we have met with, but seem anxious always to obtain articles of utility, such as knivesā€¦ Blue beads however may form an exception to this remark; this article among all the nations of this country may be justly compared to gold or silver among civilized nations.
--Meriwether Lewis.

 

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