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|Hutchins party's perilous river journey to Natchez, 1773|
By Stanley Nelson
River travel was dangerous enough for the solitary trapper in the 1700s but imagine loading your children, spouse and every possession you owned onto flatboats and riding the swift river currents of springtime through hostile lands to your destination hundreds of miles away.
This was the task facing Anthony Hutchins of North Carolina in 1773. He was taking on this monumental journey because the place he once called home was being ripped apart by a brewing revolution pitting neighbor against neighbor.
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