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Modern Marvels: The Toxic 6,000-Year History of Lead

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In early Missouri history there was an unscrupulous character named John Smith T.  He added the T. to distinguish himself from many other John Smiths.  I don't think it was clear what the T stood for. 


Anyway,  he was a crook. He'd find land of importance and in the transition from Spanish and French to American Louisiana Purchase rule, he would lay claim to the property. If legal efforts failed,  he had an army of 150 to go force the issue.  He had many slaves that worked at lead mining in the area south of St. Louis. Said to have killed 12 men in duels. Had his own armory. 


One thing came of his lead mining activities was the building of roads that led to the Mississippi River.  There were road houses every so often.  He had a shot tower somewhere on the Mississippi River bluff. 


I read a book about him but it was very boring. 







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