Fort Manuel
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     Manuel Lisa was a Spanish-American. He started the Missouri Fur Company with the help of William Clark. His trading posts were all along the Missouri River. He traded seeds, farming tools, and even cattle with the Indians. Lisa was known to be an honest and fair trader. One fort was named for Lisa himself. It was Fort Manuel in the northern part of what is now South Dakota. It was attacked during the War of 1812. Manuel died in 1820. The Missouri Fur Company lasted for another ten years.