Carrying orders to collect information on the geography, geology, and topography " of the Country within the limits of the Territories belonging to the United States, between our frontier and the Pacific, " Captain James Bonneville set out for points west in 1832. He was gone nearly five years and was thought to be dead. But Bonneville had ...Read MoreCarrying orders to collect information on the geography, geology, and topography " of the Country within the limits of the Territories belonging to the United States, between our frontier and the Pacific, " Captain James Bonneville set out for points west in 1832. He was gone nearly five years and was thought to be dead. But Bonneville had befriended a mountain man named Joseph Rutherford Walker, and the two made extensive journeys through the West, becoming the first white men to see Yosemite. Returning by a southern route across the Sierras, they discovered the Walker Pass and Utah' s Bonneville Salt Flats. Captain Bonneville enjoyed half a decade of amazing escapades and discoveries. Upon his return to civilization, he met Washington Irving, by then already an internationally recognized writer. Irving was fascinated by Bonneville' s tales and details of life among the mountains, trappers, and Native Americans. Drawing from Bonneville' s personal journals, Irving created this celebrated volume of stories in 1837. With a new introduction by series editor Anthony Brandt and a National Geographic map of Bonneville' s journey, Irving' s masterful storytelling emerges as a fresh and immediate account of a long-lost era of American history. "The Adventures of Captain Bonneville is a valuable portrait of the wonders of the West and the remarkable men who first explored it.Read Less
In reading the life story of Joseph Walker by Gilbert, it was great to read the "other half" of the story by yet another historian such as Irving. A great read that helps to answer questions left unanswered in the book on Joseph Walker's life story. A truly great book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Aug 2, 2007
Stick to childrens books
This famous author bought the notes from Bonneville and put East Coast Indian tribes in Wyoming. It is full of errors and is unreadable if you are from this area. What a joke.
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