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The American fur trade of the Far West

Author: Hiram Martin Chittenden
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Epic in sweep and reach, The American Fur Trade of the Far West made clear how much the fur trade was "indissolubly connected to the history of North America." Chittenden brought to this enduring work an appreciation of geography and a feeling for the lives and times of colorful trappers and mountain men like Manuel Lisa, William H. Ashley, the Sublette brothers, Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger, and Kenneth McKenzie. He  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hiram Martin Chittenden
ISBN: 0803263201 9780803263208 080326321X 9780803263215
OCLC Number: 13560658
Notes: "Bison."
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Press of the Pioneers, 1935.
Description: 2 volumes (xliv, 994 pages, 17 unnumbered leaves of plates) : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Volume 1: Character of the business --
Relations with Indians --
Evil effects of competition --
The liquor traffic --
Characteristic features of the fur trade --
Trading posts --
The trapping fraternity --
Life in the wilderness --
Louisiana --
Rise of the American fur trade --
St. Louis --
Expeditions of 1807 --
The Missouri Fur Company: Manuel Lisa, its founder --
The Missouri Fur Company: Sketch of its varied career --
Crooks and McLellan --
Astoria: Origin and scope of the project --
Astoria: The expedition by sea --
Astoria: The overland expedition, west --
Astoria: Beginnings on the Columbia and the overland expedition, east --
Astoria: The course of events on the Columbia --
Astoria: Review of the enterprise --
Astoria: Its author and the "Sources of his inspiration" --
The Rocky Mountain Fur Company: Ashley and his men --
The Rocky Mountain Fur Company: Under William H. Ashley --
The Rocky Mountain Fur Company: Adventures of Jedediah S. Smith --
The Rocky Mountain Fur Company: Its later history --
The American Fur Company: Establishment of the Western Department --
The American Fur Company: The upper Missouri outfit --
The American Fur Company: Stress of competition --
The American Fur Company: 1834-1843 --
The American Fur Company: Methods and men --
Captain Bonneville --
Nathaniel J. Wyeth --
The Oregon Trail --
The Santa Fe trade: Santa Fe --
The Santa Fe trade: Historical sketch --
The Santa Fe trade: Character of the business --
The Santa Fe trade: The trail --
The Santa Fe trade: Incidents of the trail. Volume 2: The War of 1812 --
The Yellowstone Expedition of 1819-1820 --
The Aricara Campaign of 1823 --
The Yellowstone Expedition of 1825 --
The smallpox scourge of 1837 --
Military occupation --
Geographical and science explorations --
Missionary work --
"The lost trappers" --
The Battle of Pierre's Hole --
The death of Henry Vanderbergh --
The Battle of Fort McKenzie --
Smuggling liquor up the Missouri --
Rose and Beckwourth, the Crow chiefs --
Alexander Harvey, desperado --
Miraculous escape of Hugh Glass --
The treachery of Mike Fink --
The adventures of John Colter --
The Rocky Mountains --
Valleys and plains --
Rivers and lakes: The Missouri System and the Plains rivers --
Rivers and lakes: The Colorado and Columbia systems and the Great Basin --
Flora --
Fauna: The buffalo, beaver, and bear --
Fauna: Other species of interest in the fur trade --
Native tribes: General observations --
Native tribes of the Missouri Basin --
Native tribes of the Southwest and the Tramontane Country.
Responsibility: Hiram Martin Chittenden ; foreword by James P. Ronda ; with introduction and notes by Stallo Vinton and sketch of the author by Edmond S. Meany.
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