After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific

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November 2004



In 1807, a year after Lewis and Clark returned from the shores of the Pacific, groups of trappers and hunters began to drift West to tap the rich stocks of beaver and to trade with the Native nations. Colorful and eccentric, bold and adventurous, mountain men such as John Colter, George Drouillard, Hugh Glass, Andrew Henry, and Kit Carson found individual freedom and financial reward in pursuit of pelts. Their knowledge of the country and its inhabitants served the first mapmakers, the army, and the streams of emigrants moving West in ever-greater numbers. The mountain men laid the foundations for their own displacement, as they led the nation on a westward course that ultimately spread the American lands from sea to sea.


Robert M. Utley, former chief historian for the National Park Service and a founder of the Western Historical Association, is the author of fifteen books on the Western frontier, including Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life and Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Legend, both available in Bison Books editions. After Lewis and Clark was originally published as A Life Wild and Perilous.


"The definitive study of the decisive role mountain men played in the exploration and expansion of the Western frontier... Very readable and impressively detailed."oNew York Times Book Review. "[Utley's] narrative of the trappers is entrancingly delivered... A magnificent read."oBooklist. "From a veteran historian of the West, a fine account of early American explorers... A broad, vividly written work of historical reconstruction."oKirkus Reviews. "Reads like a well-spun novel."oWild West
EAN: 9780803295643
ISBN: 0803295642
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Seitenanzahl: 392 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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