Today’s prompt is ANACHRONISM…taking something from one time and putting it into another. That’s what it means to me.
As a lover of American history, I seek the old within the new, the past as part of the present.
As Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled the mighty Missouri river in 1804, they marked the spot for this fort. In that same year, Pierre Chouteau, a fur trader in the area, took an Osage chief to meet President Thomas Jefferson. The president agreed to build a trading post for the Osage tribe.
In 1806, William Clark lead a team back to the site where he and Lewis had camped two years earlier, and construction on the fort was begun. In 1808, Chouteau negotiated a deal for the fort to be used to protect the natives.
“The United States being anxious to promote peace, friendship and intercourse with the Osage tribes, to afford them every assistance in their power, and to protect them from the insults and injuries of other tribes of Indians, situated near the settlements of the white people, have thought proper to build a fort on the right bank of the Missouri, a few miles above the Fire Prairie, and do agree to garrison the same with as many regular troops as the President of the United States may, from time to time, deem necessary for the protection of all orderly, friendly and well disposed Indians of the Great and Little Osage nations, who reside at this place, and who do strictly conform to, and pursue the counsels or admonitions of the President of the United States through his subordinate officers.”
Fort Osage remained a part of the US Factory system until the Native American trade system was shut down in 1822. Today, it has been restored to represent how it would have appeared in 1812. It is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites.
- Archaeology Day – “Digging the Past” at Fort Osage, Aug. 17 (ahgksmo.wordpress.com)