We camped at the mouth of the Arkansas. As the boys fished for catfish in the first currents of the Mississippi, I told tales of early explorers. When DeSoto and his men landed here in 1542, Shakespeare had not yet been born. In 1673, Marquette and Joliet feasted here with local Indians. LaSalle, in 1682, set up a huge cross and took possession of the country for his king. Mark Twain was here, and so was Audubon. Some of the most memorable events connected with the exploration of the Mississippi River occurred in the place where we dreamt that night.