Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; a Biography Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the time of year that Jim Bridger was born and what he looked like.

Jim Bridger was born in the spring of 1804 and was lean, brown, and dark-haired, and he remained that way for the rest of his life.

2. What dramatic events took place when Bridger was going on fourteen years old?

When Bridger was going on fourteen years old, his mother passed away, and then shortly after that his father and his brother passed away as well.

3. What kinds of jobs did Jim Bridger first hold to help support himself and his sister?

Jim Bridger first held the job of running a flatboat on the Mississippi, followed by a job at his Scotch thrift and industry, and then he apprenticed to a blacksmith named Phil Creamer.

4. Describe what the spot looked like where the Mississippi River meets the Missouri River, according to Jim Bridger.

The Mississippi River was placid and green-colored and the Missouri River was a muddy, chocolate color. The water where the two rivers meet was described as oddly clear and the two joined for a time flowing side by side. Then it was off into the Missouri River which was much more violent than the Mississippi River.

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