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To the Rocky Mountains

The voyage to the west to relieve the military explorer Pierre Gauthier de la Vérendrye did take place as did the diversion of a few participants farther west to find the ever elusive Northwest Passage. The group did become stranded for the winter around Yellowstone. The Vérendrye plaque was unearthed in South Dakota by some curious school children 100 years ago and did substantiate what had once been thought to be merely a legend. It is highly possible that this group did, as they claimed become the first white men to see the east-facing slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Read More 
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The Voyage West

In 1742 the legendary voyageurs Joseph Parent and Pierre Roy appear to recruit Pierre and Toussaint for a voyage to the west. Parent and Roy are actual characters from history but I must confess that I have romanticized them a bit. I hope their descendants don’t object. I have taken the greatest liberty with Pierre making him the quintessential voyager with a body of steel, brain of wood and heart of gold. Of all hundreds of characters in the Allard series, he is certainly one of my favorites. Read More 
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