onvicts, and cruel to slaves.
The border fights and gougings of the West shocked foreign and Eastern travellers, and Fearon has preserved a handbill of 1818 describing all extraordinary fight of furious animals in New Orleans:
1st Fight—A strong Attakapas Bull, attacked and subdued by six of the strongest dogs in the country.
2d Fight—Six Bull-dogs against a Canadian Bear.
3d Fight—A beautiful Tiger against a black Bear.
4th Fight—Twelve dogs against a strong and furious Opelousas Bull.
The political effect of the Mississippi Valley upon the Union and its policy is a story yet to be written.
A bit of old New Orleans. slavery contest set North against South, and this obscured the normal coherence and weight of the central Western States.
Perhaps the first evidence of the political influence of the valley was the intense desire of the people of the United States to occupy it; Rogers Clark in 1778 was a herald of national interest in the West.