Jedediah Smith: Westward Expansion

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Jedediah Smith

One of the many important people alive during the Westward Expansion was a man named Jedediah Smith. He was from a large family, two parents and 12 siblings. As a child, he lived in New York, that is, until he turned 12, when he moved to Erie County. Eventually, his family decided to pack up, once again, and head to Ohio. Though his time spent there was never documented, it is believed that Smith got a fairly good education and got a job as a clerk. That is until 1821, when Smith heard about a fur trapping expedition with General William Ashley. He then quit his job and went to St. Louis to join Ashley and his team of trappers. Their first trip was to Montana, where they built Ft. Henry. That marked the beginning
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