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The Fort Provisioner

The Fort Provisioner
Oil on linen
30” x 36

In the early 1800’s, little was known of the country that lay west of the Mississippi. Those who traversed this domain frequently noted in their journals the scarcity of civilization. Away from the farms and markets they were accustomed to, their main source of food was wild game.  Being a good hunter and a crack shot was of the utmost necessity.  The physically demanding lifestyle of the era required an intake of 5 to 10 pounds of meat per person, per day.  In the forts and trading posts, the best hunters were hired and worked continuously to supply wild game for the residents. While the hunters would take what game was available, buffalo was the favorite fare.