George Pierre Drouillard (1775 - c.1810)

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Nicknames: "corps of discovery"
Birthplace: Detroit River Region, (present USA)
Death: Died in Three Forks, Montana, United States
Cause of death: Killed by the Blackfeet Indians while trapping furs.
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About George Pierre Drouillard

George Pierre Drouillard was a famous explorer and mountain man. Head Scout and second in command of the Louis and Clark Expedition. Killed by the Blackfeet Indians while trapping furs.

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George Drouillard, the famous frontiersmen, hunter and guide was born on the 27th of September in the year of 1775. He was the son of the adventurer Pierre Drouillard (a official interpreter of the Huron language for the British Indian Department at the time of the Revolutionary War ) and a Shawnee woman named Asoundechris. He was baptized there at L'Assomption du Detroit the Catholic parish by the Jesuit priest Father Pierre Potier.

Growing up at his father's side, George learned to be proficient in many skills such as being a great hunter, a trapper of furs and pelts, and a master the many of the Indian languages as well as speaking both French and English. George also traveled with his father on journeys throughout the Great Northwest Territories. Many times on these excursions they were in the company of Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark.

George Drouillard was hired by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark when they stopped at Ft. Massac, Illinois, in November 1803. They soon dispatched George to a post at South West Point (near Knoxville, Tennessee) to recruit and escort prospective members for the Corps of Discovery. George and his recruits met back with Lewis and Clark at Camp Dubois, the Corps winter quarters, on December 22, 1803.

George was then hired by Captain Lewis for the expedition as its chief scout and he was mentioned often in the journals being praised as the most skilled hunter among the men. He often brought in as many as eleven elk in a single day. George sign language skills and his knowledge of the Indian culture was put to use as the expedition encountered tribes along the way. George was with the expedition from Camp Dubois to the Pacific Ocean and back. George's final mission for the Corps was the delivery to the post office at Cahokia, Illinois of the letters written by the Lewis and Clark to President Thomas Jefferson.

In the spring of 1807 George joined Manuel Lisa's Fur Trading Company. Following orders from Manuel Lisa, George tracked down a deserter and killed him when the man refused to return to the party. George went on trial in Saint Louis with the charge of murder but was acquitted. He didn’t tarry long and during the winter George continued hunted and trapped in the Big Horn Mountains.

In 1809 George returned to the mountains as an member of the Missouri Fur Company. He and a band of trappers traveled far into the lands of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe. With members of the company too much in fear of the Blackfeet to venture very far from camp, George declared he was “too much of a Indian to be killed by a Indian” and went out one day to check his beaver traps. George was incorrect and his bravado led to his demise.

George was found by his partners dead and mangled in a horrible manner. His head was cut off, his entrails torn out, and his body was hacked to pieces. His friends saw from the marks on the ground that he must have fought in a circle on horseback, and he took some of his attackers down with him, but being badly outnumbered his life came to a violent end, but in classic western fashion. George Drouillard was buried in an unmarked grave.

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George P. Drouillard, Corps of Discovery's Timeline

1775
September 27, 1775
Detroit River Region, (present USA)
1810
1810
Age 34
Three Forks, Montana, United States