Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Although this expedition did not come into Montana, it is included here because of its significance - two professional botanists were within one hundred miles of Montana and produced well documented accounts of the journey. This was a loosely organized expedition up the Missouri River to Fort Lisa (general vicinity of Fort Clark) in North Dakota. Nuttall and Bradbury, both botanists, traveled with Wilson Hunt up to the Grand River at which point Hunt's party headed west. Nuttall continued on a boat commanded by Manuel Lisa in the company of Henry Brackenridge while Bradbury went overland where they all met at the Mandan Villages in North Dakota. Bradbury proved to adapt well to the primitive life style of the region and recorded a wealth of information on the plants, animals, and native inhabitants.
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