Marie Dorion, a Native American of the Iowa Tribe, was the only female member of an 1811-12 overland expedition, financed by John Jacob Astor, to establish a fur trading post at the mouth of the Columbia River—just six years after Sacagawea made her trek.
Marie and her two young children survived a 40-man massacre and overwintered alone in the wilderness in 1814. In 1841, Marie settled on a farm on the French Prairie, in the same area Lady Hill calls home. Hers is a harrowing story of strength and resilience and we pay homage by labeling our Cuvée Marie Dorion in her name under the Lady Hill brand.
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