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Educated in St. Louis by Captain Clark, Baptiste went on to live in a royal palace in Europe and to speak many languages. Returning to the United States, he headed west to become a mountain man and scout alongside Jim Beckwourth, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jim Bridger, and Kit Carson. During America's war with Mexico, he helped lead the Mormon Battalion to California, where he later became a prospector during the gold rush.
Readers ten and up will be enthralled by this engaging and thoroughly researched biography of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau -- a child chosen by history.
|A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation||vii|
|1||Born to Travel, 1805 to 1806||5|
|2||Indian Boy, 1806 to 1809||15|
|3||School Days, 1809 to 1823||21|
|4||Princely Years, 1823 to 1829||31|
|5||Greenhorn Mountain Man, 1830||39|
|6||Rough Living and Rendezvous, 1830 to 1839||51|
|7||Changing Times and New Adventures, 1839 to 1843||63|
|8||Bent's Fort Hunter, 1843 to 1846||75|
|9||The Long March, 1846 to 1847||83|
|10||California Years and the End of the Trail, 1847 to 1866||95|
|Guide to Charbonneau's West||109|