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Opening the Mojave River Trail

Successful Trading

He remained with the Mohave for 15 days, recuperating and trading for supplies. In the villages there were some runaway mission Indians who had in their possession or stolen from mission lands. Since Smith had fewer than half of the 50 horses she had started with, he traded for fresh mounts and bought others. This was undoubtedly the first recorded American-Mohave business dealing. In return for horses and food, which probably included pumpkin, squash, melons, and corn, the Americans probably gave some of their supplies which Smith's clerk, Harrison G Rogers, recorded as merchandise for the expedition:

four dozen Bowie knives
paper tax.
2 pounds beads
1 dozen looking glasses
two three-part American blankets
10 pounds lead
55 pounds powder
55 pounds tobacco
six French chisels
one fuzie

Besides these products, the company must of had more to trade, because Rogers itemize these articles "presented to the Utah Indians" on August 22, 1826:

3 yards red ribbon
10 awls
one razor
one dirk knife
one brass handle knife
40 balls, arrow points
pound tobacco

On August 27, the presents included: 1 tin kettle, two dozen rings, one dozen combs.

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