* Jim Bridger's family moved to Missouri near St. Louis and established a farm.
* Jim's mother, father and brother died when he was 14 years old.
* Jim got jobs ferrying people and goods on a Mississippi flat boat and apprenticed with a St. Louis blacksmith.
* Jim saw and heard of the fur-trappers and Indian fighters.
* Jim thought about his future and wanted to support his sister who was in school. He heard of a notice by Major Andrew Henry who was seeking 100 young men to go trapping with him.
* Jim went down to the Mississippi River docks where the Rocky Mountain Fur Company was preparing to leave on an expedition. Jim went to Major Andrew Henry and asked to join the expedition, to which Henry agreed - at full pay.
* The object of the expedition of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company was to trap beaver...
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