What are eight places to which Huck and Jim travel along the Mississippi in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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Huck and Jim begin their journey together on (1)Jackson Island, near the city of Hannibal on the Missouri side of the Mississippi.  They travel downstream with the Missouri shore on the west and Illinois on the east.  After stopping on (2)a towhead on the Illinois side, they continue on past (3)St. Louis and several small towns unnamed in the book.  Their plan is to stop in (4)Cairo, which is located where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi, and get a canoe so they can paddle upstream to the free states.  Unfortunately, they pass Cairo in the night and have no choice but to continue downstream on the raft until they can secure a canoe and head back against the current. 

Soon after Huck and Jim miss Cairo, they stop for awhile at (5)the Grangerford's farm, which is actually along the river where it briefly follows the Kentucky border just north of Tennessee.  They then are accosted by the Duke and the King, who perform at a series of towns including (6)a "one-horse town" in Arkansas.  Because of the Duke's and King's devious business practices, the group is forced to flee further down the river away from the towns, until they make a final stop with the swindlers at (7)Pikesville, which has never heard of their operations.  Huck and Jim end their journey together at (8)the Phelps Plantation in southern Arkansas just north of the Louisiana border, where they hook up with Tom Sawyer and further adventures.

melodyhml eNotes educator| Certified Educator
  1. Jackson Island: Huck escapes from Pap’s cabin and wanders about Jackson Island, where he encounters Jim. Huck decides to help Jim get to the free state. They collect enough supplies from the flood and start their journey along the river on a raft.
  2. A towhead on the Illinois side: Huck dresses himself as a girl to learn about what the locals say about Huck and Jim’s disappearance.
  3. Cairo: Their plan is to go up the Ohio River, a branch of the Mississippi, at Cairo, but they miss it in a fog and float further down the Mississippi.
  4. A town in Tennessee: This is where the tragic story between the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons takes place.
  5. A one-horse town in Arkansas: This is their first stop after taking the King and the Duke on their raft. The King pretends to be a reformed pirate to get some money from a camp-meeting.
  6. Another small town in Arkansas: Huck watches Bogg’s shooting, and enjoys a circus performance. The King and the Duke put on a show named Royal Nonesuch for some more quick cash.
  7. A town where the Wilks live: The King and the Duke pretend to be the wealthy dead man’s brothers in an attempt to inherit his fortune.
  8. The Phelp’s farm, near Pikesville: The King sells Jim to the Phelp’s farm. Huck runs into Tom nearby and they work together to rescue Jim from there.
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