7TO STAKE A CLAIM?

Samuel Smith’s tombstone pays tribute to his accomplishments as a soldier and explorer.
Samuel Smith's tombstone pays tribute to his accomplishments as a soldier and explorer.
It was long, difficult work. Smith and his crew endured rain and snow, hunger, lack of supplies and illness. Their relationship with the natives throughout the region was mixed; some gave them food when they were starving, others were hostile because they knew surveying was the first step towards settlement.

The population was often jealous of surveyors despite the hardships of the job. Surveyors chose their own lot first to build their homes on. Surveyors also received generous commissions from the government. Despite this, Smith died with more than $6000 in debt.

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