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Gabriel Arthur is believed to be the first white man to see the Kanawha Valley while traveling with a band of Native Americans in 1674. He was sent with a partner and others from Fort Henry (present Petersburg, Virginia) to explore western lands and trade with the Native Americans. His partner was killed and Arthur traveled widely with the natives, apparently participating in raids in the Ohio Valley and elsewhere. During this time, he followed the Big Coal River to its mouth at the Kanawha River. Arthur and the southern natives with whom he traveled were welcomed at the large Moneton Indian village at present St. Albans before returning to Fort Henry with a load furs.
Portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane.
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