Julien Dubuque might not have been pleased to see Zebulon Pike. Dubuque had obtained permission from the Meskwaki to mine the lead, but he had also obtained permission from Spain, which had controlled the territory. The territory was transferred to France as part of a treaty, and now had been sold to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase. As a Frenchman, Dubuque probably preferred either of the two previous owners to the new owner.
Pike’s question and answer session was recorded as follows:
From Coues, 1895–see the reference pages. Digitized by Microsoft.