Pierre, a man of color v. Gabrial Chouteau
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The usages of that Country were that
people had to work to live- I knew
nothing of slavery there- I never saw but
2 negros then, and I never know any
slaves- I was a [ forman ] then and never
traveled over the Country much-
I frequently went from parish to parish-
I lived in QuebecQuebec two years and never saw
any slaves there- When I came to this
Country, I came by MontrealMontreal and stayed
there several days to get canoes

There were no slaves in CanadaCanada, they
generally hired white persons- There was
no ohter slavery there, thsn the
slavery of white people being hired to others-
If slavery had existed there I should
have known it- When I came to this
country I came by MackinawMackinaw and [ stoped ]
there about one month and from there
to PrairePrairieduChienChien and remained there
about one month- PrairePrairieduChienChien was
then a small village, a trading post -
there was no fort then at that time-
This was about 1794. There were no Indians
there at that time- There were Indians officers
then but no others- As nearly as I can
recollect there were 10 or 15 houses there
at that time and they were covered with
bark- Some of them however were built
of logs and covered with - I was
then again about 15 years ago- I come
to St LouisSt Louis about 53 or 54 years ago

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The first time I came to PrairePrairieduChienChien I
returned from there to MackinawMackinaw and from
thence to , and from thence to
MackinawMackinaw again, and from thence to StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis- I did not remain long enough
in MackinawMackinaw either time that I was
there to make many acquaintances-

Cross Examined

I spent the first winter after I came
to MackinawMackinaw up the MissouriMissouri and
came down in the following spring to
PrairePrairieduChienChien and from then I went
to MackinawMackinaw - I came to PrairePrairieduChienChien
because my employer came there & he
came there to trade with the Indians-
We traded with the Indinas while we
were up the river, and we came by
PrairePrairieduChienChien because it was on our
road- We [ stoped ] at PrairePrairieduChienChien to
trade- We had no other motive- The
English had prossesson of PrairePrairieduChienChien
and also at MackinawMackinaw at this time-
We got our provisions at MackinawMackinaw
consisting of tallow and corn- We also
took provisions at PrairePrairieduChienChien both
going and coming- I do not know
the distance from PrairePrairieduChienChien to MackinawMackinaw -
It took us from one to two months to
travel it, and we went may be 20 or 15
or 10 miles per day- There was a place
called greenbay between PrairePrairieduChienChien