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#56-1842: Kit Carson
Kit Carson met John Fremont on a Missouri River steamboat. Fremont had been looking for a guide to take him to South Pass. This was his first successful expedition that lasted five months and was traveled with twenty-five other men.
Fremont made a second expedition in 1843. He wanted to explore the second half of the Oregon Trail from South Pass to the Columbia River. Fremont invited Carson to join his group.
As they journeyed west, they sighted Mount Ranier and two other mountains. After they reached California, they traveled into Mexican territory. The expedition encountered snow in the Sierra Nevadas in the winter of 1843. Carson helped the group to avoid starvation because food was so scarce.
While they moved south into the Mojave Desert, they fended off attacks by Native Americans although one man was killed. The expedition then traveled southeast to a watering hole in Nevada. It was known as Las Vegas.
During the time the expedition was in Mexican territory, they came across a Mexican man and a boy who had escaped from an ambush by Natives. The expedition tracked the Natives for about two days. When they encountered them, they killed two Natives and scrambled the rest of the Natives' group.
Afterwards, they journeyed to Bent's Fort. By August of 1844, the expedition had returned to Washington. It had been over a year after their departure.
Fremont's expedition was published in 1845. Fremont and Carson gained a good reputation. They both became well-known and respected.
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