Historic Diaries: Floyd 1804
June 13, 1804
The rich lands in the triangle formed by the Missouri and Mississippi rivers were long contested by different Indian nations. The Missouri were described about 1714 by French trader Etienne Veniard, sieur de Bourgmont, and when French merchant Auguste Chouteau started laying out St. Louis in 1764 he was greeted by their entire nation (see American Journeys document AJ-126 for Chouteau's account of their visit.
Wensday June 13th 1804
Set out at 6 oclock and Came 1-1/2 miles. past a Creek on the N. Side Calleded River missorea. Just above the Creek a Large Praria of Good Land on the N Side. at this Praria antient Missourue Indianes had a village. at this place 300 of them were Killed by the Saukees in former times. a fair day. past the Grand River on the N. Side. the Land is Level on Both Sides, a handsom Prarie on the Loer Side of it. water Strong. past Several Isd. Came 10 miles. the Grand River is about 2oo and 50 yads wide and Boates Can Go for Som hundreds of miles up it. ouer hunters Killed yesterday and to day 1 Bar, 2 Deer. encampted at the mouth of the Grand River on the N. Side of the River.