NEW in None as Issued jacket. BRAND NEW COPY. First published 1953; this is a 1964 paperback reprint. Journal. Chronicles of the exploration of the American West of hunter, fur trader and explorer Jedediah Strong Smith (1799-c. 1831), recording 1826 and 1827 expeditions to California. Foreunner of Frémont. Hopes for recovery of the lost portions of the Smith journal of 1826 and letters of 1826-1827 remain. In the meantime this volume serves as a solid base in the history of fur trade and the opening of the West. Primary source material.
468 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. AMERICAN WEST. In 1822, before Jedediah Smith entered the West, it was largely an unknown land, "a wilderness, " he wrote, "of two thousand miles diameter." During his nine years as a trapper for Ashley and Henry and later for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, "the mild and Christian young man" blazed the trail westward through South Pass; he was the first to go from the Missouri overland to California, the first to cross the length of Utah and the width of Nevada, first to travel by land up through California and Oregon, first to cross the Sierra Nevada. Before his death on the Santa Fe Trail at the hands of the Comanches, Jed Smith and his partners had drawn the map of the west on a beaver skin. "A scholarly and well written volume of Jedediah Smith, which may well serve as a base for a complete history of the fur trade of the West. Few have attempted and one has achieved such a task."&emdash; A. P. Nasatir, American History Review "The chapters are alive with characters....Dale Morgan is a scholar who knows how to write."&emdash; J. Frank Dobie, The New York Times "A distinguished work of historical scholarship, based on an absolute command of the sources (including much unpublished material that has recently become accessible), well written, and notable for its analytical depth."&emdash; H. N. Smith, New York Herald Tribune "Mr. Morgan has tracked down every scrap of information about Smith...and has done a full-scale reconstruction of a commanding figure and a period of great ferment and vitiality."&emdash; New Yorker "This is the book on one of the true great men of his era."&emdash; J. H. Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle (Key Words: Jedediah Smith, Dale E. Morgan, American West, Explorers, Biography, Trappers, Commanches).
Truly one of the best books I have read on the life of Jedediah Smith. Also, the life and times of the fur trapping business in America and how it opened up the West for those to come later. These gentlemen were the true "trailblazers" of the American West.
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