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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“The definitive study of the decisive role mountain men played in the exploration and expansion of the Western frontier. . . . Very readable and impressively detailed.”—New York Times Book Review
Booklist
“[Utley’s] narrative of the trappers is entrancingly delivered. . . . A magnificent read.”—Booklist
Wild West
“Reads like a well-spun novel.”—Wild West
Journal of America's Military Past

“Utley’s volume makes excellent reading. It is fast paced, entertaining, and very well researched. . . . Added to his already impressive list of books, After Lewis and Clark solidifies Utley’s reputation as one of the foremost scholars and entertaining writers on the West.” —Joe Knetsch, Journal of America’s Military Past

— Joe Knetsch

Southwest Book Views
“Robert Utley does a remarkable job in chronicling this unequaled segment of American history. He brings, with his easy-to-read style, the hazy images most of us have of obscure but nonetheless fearless heroes from our past into crystal clear focus.”—Southwest Book Views
True West Magazine

“An authentic story that is anecdotal and very readable.”—Richard H. Dillon, True West Magazine

— Richard H. Dillon

Journal of America's Military Past - Joe Knetsch
“Utley’s volume makes excellent reading. It is fast paced, entertaining, and very well researched. . . . Added to his already impressive list of books, After Lewis and Clark solidifies Utley’s reputation as one of the foremost scholars and entertaining writers on the West.” —Joe Knetsch, Journal of America’s Military Past
True West Magazine - Richard H. Dillon
“An authentic story that is anecdotal and very readable.”—Richard H. Dillon, True West Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803295643
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 804,963
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

1 Colter and Drouillard : continental crossing 1
2 Colter and Drouillard : mountain man prototypes 11
3 Robinson, Hoback, and Reznor : doomed trio 23
4 Jedediah Smith : atypical mountain man 39
5 Jedediah Smith : South Pass and the Siskadee 55
6 Etienne Provost : L'homme des montagnes 69
7 Jedediah Smith : California, Oregon, and the Cimarron 83
8 Ewing Young : Gila Trails to California 103
9 Joe Walker : the Great Basin and the Sierras 117
10 Bill Sublette : struggle of the fur giants 131
11 Warren Ferris : trapper as cartographer 149
12 Tom Fitzpatrick : missionaries to Oregon 157
13 Jim Bridger : end of an era 173
14 Kit Carson : mapping the way west 185
15 Joe Meek and Doc Newell : trappers as colonists 207
16 Kit Carson : Fremont's third expedition 223
17 Kit Carson : the continent spanned 241
18 Jim Bridger : filling in the map 263
The maps 287
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