The 19th century American West was a place for emigrants to dream about, but speculation ended after travelers crossed the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. A formidable geography and environment forced people to quickly adapt -- or return to their homes. One person who made an extraordinary adjustment was Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. He became the adopted son of William Clark, co-leader of the great Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Contradictions haunted Jean Baptiste, a man of Anglo and Indian worlds. He was raised in Clark's elite domain and spent six years in a European kingdom, but chose to live and work in the vast western wilderness. How did this educated, courtly man thrive among rugged, violent adventurers and omnipresent danger? What were his significant historical accomplishments? What did he do in Europe? Does he have descendants?
The text tracks him over two-thirds of the American continent and places him in several major historical events. Along with his travels and contributions, the extraordinary life-long relationship between the Charbonneau family and Clark is examined. The author reflects throughout the narrative on the rigorous personal challenges and economic developments Jean Baptiste and others faced. Twenty-first century readers will come to realize how 19th century westerners contributed to traditional American values.
Followers of Lewis and Clark, the Charbonneau family, the trappers' and traders' milieu, exploration and settlement of the early American West including Indian-Anglo conflict, the Mexican War and the Gold Rush will find the text to be accurate, informative and rewarding. Above all, his biography will likely establish him as the most unique frontiersman ever to live in the American West.
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Written history is based on document research. Jean Baptiste kept no known journal, so some personal aspects of his life are a mystery.
To that end, in order to fill in the blanks of his life, I have written a screenplay entitled A TALE OF RECKONING. It is an adapted biopic that expands on his relationships and adventures. He's the protagonist in a dramatic, visceral story that makes him unforgettable. Screenplay LOGLINE: Inspired by a true story, he only wants a family but this 1800s man of two worlds goes through bigotry, love, tragedy and high adventure as he heads to his day of reckoning. Not being a documentary, some embellishment necessarily occurs.
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