The History of the Butterfly, Part 127: Next Week’s Paper

The Niles National Register from the following week—November 18, 1837, carried news of a tragic accident.
The steamboat Monmouth, operating by the Alabama Emigrating Company, sank in a terrible accident. Two hundred thirty four Creek Indians, on board because they were being forced to relocate died when the boat sank. Close to 500 forced migrants were on board—many of the remainder were hurt or injured.
The boat was on a trip from New Orleans to Arkansas when it sank. There were discussions about whether or not the crew was competent, but the writers of the article noted that the fact that the boat was traveling on a dark night without lights on the river seemed pretty careless.


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