Claiming the American Wilderness: International Rivalry in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1528-1803
by Hunt Janin
This volume presents a broadly based general survey of the events which took place in the Trans-Mississippi West during the sixteenth, seventeenth ... Show synopsis This volume presents a broadly based general survey of the events which took place in the Trans-Mississippi West during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The book focuses on the international rivalries west of the Mississippi and the resulting intense military and commercial competition. Using a unique prismatic rather than chronological approach, the work examines six distinct groups?Native American Indians, Spanish, French, British, Russians and Americans?and the objectives of each with regard to the Trans-Mississippi West. Sources include contemporary journals of explorers such as Lewis and Clark. An epilogue evaluates the success of the respective quests while a brief chronology at the end of the text serves to orient the reader. Appendices address eight related topics including the Lewis and Clark expedition, firearms on the early frontier, and the coming of the horse.