The Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1804 - 1805 a few miles down river at Fort Mandan. The fort sat across the Missouri from Mitutanka, a large Mandan Village. The Knife River, Hidatsa villages proved to be less hospitable to the Corps during the winter. Captain Lewis, two interpreters, and six corpsmen took a tour of the various villages nearby. The Hidatsa chiefs considered them a threat because of misinformation fed to them by Mandan chiefs. Lewis denied these accusations, but relations with the Hidatsa villages were never cordial during the winter stay at Fort Mandan.
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