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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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What are eight places Huck and Jim visit in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim visit eight significant locations during their journey. These include Jackson's Island, where their adventure begins; St. Louis, noted for its nighttime illumination; Cairo, where they miss their turn north; a Tennessee town with the Grangerford family; Pokeville and another Arkansas town, both scenes of the con men's swindles; the home of Peter Wilks; and finally, Silas Phelps’ plantation, where Jim is betrayed and sold.

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When Huck and Jim team up on Jackson’s Island (1), little do they know where their travels will take them. But when they hear that there are bounty hunters trying to capture Jim, Huck and Jim immediately get on the raft and head down the Mississippi River.

Travelling on the raft by night, and hiding during the day, Huck and Jim spend the next couple of days getting settled on the raft. They stop at little villages to buy, “lift,” and “borrow” food. On the fifth night they pass the town of St Louis (2), which is all lit up even at 2 am, living up to Huck’s expectations.

The plan is for Huck and Jim to travel down to where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi River at the town of Cairo (3), and then they will get on a steamboat and head north up the Ohio to the free states. But a dense fog hides the meeting of the rivers, and they miss their opportunity to head north. So instead they continue south on the Mississippi.

When a steamboat crashes into them, they jump overboard and can’t find each other. Huck makes it to shore, staying with the Grangerford family in a Tennessee town (4). After a shootout with another family, the Sheperdson family, Huck rushes back to the safety of the river, happy to reunite with Jim.

A pair of con men, the "king” and the “duke,” join Huck and Jim on the raft. They decide to raise money by stopping in small towns and swindling the gullible people of their money. First they stop in a small Arkansas town, Pokeville, attending a religious camp meeting (5). The king pretends to be a reformed pirate, raising money so he can help other pirates to reform their ways.

Then they stop at another Arkansas village, Bricksville, where they perform the Royal Nonesuch, swindling yet another town of their money and pride (6).

Next they wind up at the home of Peter Wilks, who has recently died, and the con men, pretending to be the brothers of Peter Wilks, try to steal the money belonging to the 3 Wilks girls (7).

And finally, after all that, they end up at Silas Phelps’ plantation, where the duke betrays Jim, selling him to Silas Phelps for “forty dirty dollars” (8).

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  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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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.

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