By Carl P. Russell
This encyclopedic advisor to the gear of the trappers and fur investors who opened the previous West is a distinct reference paintings that may be labeled both as historical past or as archaeology. It describes and discusses enormous quantities of iron artifacts—rifles, shotguns, hatchets, axes, knives, traps, and miscellaneous tools—used by way of the mountain males from the early 1800s to the mid 1840s.Thirty years’ learn went into the writing of this ebook. as well as studying the diaries and letters of the trappers themselves, and the company documents of fur-trading businesses, the writer additionally tracked down the files and catalogs of the gunsmiths, ironmongers, and different brands who provided the early investors. He saw many of the surviving artifacts, pointed out their makers, and traced the evolution of the kinds and designs of the guns and instruments, often from eu origins.Illustrated with over four hundred drawings, the ebook starts with an invaluable history heritage of the western fur exchange. one of the sections that would entice specified teams of readers are chapters on firearms and blacksmithing and an appendix at the “Historic items as assets of History.”
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1 Subsequent to the publication of his book, Mackenzie went to England where he advocated establishment of a military base at the mouth of the Columbia, which could uphold the anticipated British sovereignty in Oregon. Thomas Jefferson and the U. S. Congress were further stirred by Mackenzie's polemic. As quickly as possible the Lewis and Cark Expedition was planned and launched. From the beginning of their march, Lewis and Clark and their followers practiced the techniques of travel, trade, craftsmanship, and sustenance that later characterized the field activities of the Western beaver hunters.
Even the direct route usually involved long, painful travel, and the trapper on foot sometimes elected to recover his own animals or steal others. In any case, he resorted to Indian stealth and strategy. The Rocky Mountain cliché "Wal, now, I took ya fer an Injun" was not altogether inept; the successful beaver trapper tended to think like an Indian, look like an Indian, and behave like one, too. Generally his paraphernalia did not differ greatly from that of the Indian; in the mountain man's time the plains and mountain tribes had obtained and adopted as their own much of the white man's equipment.
During years preceding the microfilming of these manuscripts, I benefited by the help of the Society's very patient librarians who wheeled out truckloads of the documents for my perusal. More recently I have made much further use of these materials, which now are represented in many libraries in microfilm copy. During some years of residence in the Chicago area, I took opportunity to frequent the archives of the Chicago Historical Society, and there a staff of most courteous librarians saw to it that my needs for additional (and earlier) records of the American Fur Company were served.