PRISONERS OF CHANCE
Author : Randall Parrish
I am Geoffrey Benteen, Gentleman Adventurer, with much experience upon the border, where I have passed
my life. My father was that Robert Benteen, merchant in furs, the first of the English race to make permanent
settlement in New Orleans. Here he established a highly profitable trade with the Indians, his bateaux
voyaging as far northward as the falls of the Ohio, while his influence among the tribesmen extended to the
eastern mountains. My mother was of Spanish blood, a native of Saint Augustine, so I grew up fairly
proficient in three languages, and to them I later added an odd medley of tribal tongues which often stood me
in excellent stead amid the vicissitudes of the frontier.
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