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Q: What was the Hidatsa spelling for the Musselshell River?
A: The Hidatsa spelling for the Musselshell River according to Moulton's Vol. 3 page 367 was Mah-tush,-ah-zhah. Thwaites Vol. 2 Part 1 page 51 spells it Mahtush-azhah.
Q: How did they miss "the Buffalo Road" (Lewis & Clark Pass) on the way west?
A: Their instructions were to follow the Missouri River to its source on the trip west and they did not deviate from that order.
The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such
principal stream of it, as, by it's course and communication with the waters
of the Pacific ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregan, Colorado or any other
river may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this
continent for the purpose of commerce. i
By doing so they added five hundred miles to their westbound journey.
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