An etching made by Father DeSmet of a village of the Kansas tribe.
The peripethetic Jesuit missionary sailed
to Oregon from Belgium, via Cape Horn, then visited Indians living
in the Willamette Valley before pressing on to meet up with the
Flatheads in Montana. There, he helped them build St. Mary's
Mission in the Bitteroot Valley.
His remarkable journals describe the
country under the volcanoes of the Cascade range, and old growth
forests of massive Douglas Firs on the Willamette, just a few years
before pioneers would begin fill the valley, cutting down the trees
and turning the sod.