Jedediah Smith: No Ordinary Mountain Man

Jedediah Smith: No Ordinary Mountain Man

by Barton H Barbour
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0806140119

ISBN-13: 9780806140117

Pub. Date: 05/08/2009

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Mountain man and fur trader Jedediah Smith casts a heroic shadow. He was the first Anglo-American to travel overland to California via the Southwest, and he roamed through more of the West than anyone else of his era. His adventures quickly became the stuff of legend. Using new information and sifting fact from folklore, Barton H. Barbour now offers a fresh look at

Overview

Mountain man and fur trader Jedediah Smith casts a heroic shadow. He was the first Anglo-American to travel overland to California via the Southwest, and he roamed through more of the West than anyone else of his era. His adventures quickly became the stuff of legend. Using new information and sifting fact from folklore, Barton H. Barbour now offers a fresh look at this dynamic figure.

Barbour tells how a youthful Smith was influenced by notable men who were his family’s neighbors, including a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. When he was twenty-three, hard times leavened with wanderlust set him on the road west. Barbour delves into Smith’s journals to a greater extent than previous scholars and teases out compelling insights into the trader’s itineraries and personality. Use of an important letter Smith wrote late in life deepens the author’s perspective on the legendary trapper. Through Smith’s own voice, this larger-than-life hero is shown to be a man concerned with business obligations and his comrades’ welfare, and even a person who yearned for his childhood. Barbour also takes a hard look at Smith’s views of American Indians, Mexicans in California, and Hudson’s Bay Company competitors and evaluates his dealings with these groups in the fur trade.

Dozens of monuments commemorate Smith today. This readable book is another, giving modern readers new insight into the character and remarkable achievements of one of the West’s most complex characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806140117
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
05/08/2009
Series:
Oklahome Western Biographies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations,
Series Editor's Preface,
Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
1. Jedediah Smith's Background,
2. Bitter Lessons,
3. Ashley & Smith,
4. The Southwest Expedition,
5. Jedediah Smith and the Californios,
6. "The Folly of Men in Power",
7. The Northwest Expedition from California to the Umpqua River,
8. From the Umpqua Massacre to the End of the Trail,
Epilogue. "The Things of Time": An Assessment of Jedediah Smith,
Appendix A. Accounts of Smith's Death,
Appendix B. Smith's Probate Records,
Bibliographic Essay,
Index,

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