The Mountain Men: The Dramatic History and Lore of the First Frontiersmen

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To know how the West was really won, start with the exploits of these unsung mountain men who, like the legendary Jeremiah Johnson, were real buckskin survivalists. Preceded only by Lewis and Clark, beaver fur trappers roamed the river valleys and mountain ranges of the West, living on fish and game, fighting or trading with the Native Americans, and forever heading toward the untamed wilderness.In this story of rough, heroic men and their worlds, Laycock weaves historical facts and practical instruction with ...

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Overview

To know how the West was really won, start with the exploits of these unsung mountain men who, like the legendary Jeremiah Johnson, were real buckskin survivalists. Preceded only by Lewis and Clark, beaver fur trappers roamed the river valleys and mountain ranges of the West, living on fish and game, fighting or trading with the Native Americans, and forever heading toward the untamed wilderness.In this story of rough, heroic men and their worlds, Laycock weaves historical facts and practical instruction with profiles of individual trappers, including harrowing escapes, feats of supreme courage and endurance, and sometimes violent encounters with grizzly bears and Native Americans.

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"George Laycock has gone to great details to portray the life of Western mountain men, and has done an outstanding job."—Charlie Richie, Backwoodsman Magazine
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Laycock chronicles the American fur trappers of the 1820s and 1830s, discussing their role in the westward expansion of the U.S. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Laycock, the author of more than 40 volumes dedicated to the outdoors, here offers a history of the fur trappers who pushed West in the early 1800s in search of the much-prized beaver pelt. Though theirs was purely a financial venture, their interaction with Native Americans and the knowledge they gained of the terrain and its dangers made the way a little less treacherous for the homesteaders and farmers who followed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286553
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 235,376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George Laycock has worked as a full-time author, journalist, and photographer since 1951. He has written more than fifty books and has contributed articles to Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Life, and many other magazines. He lives in Ohio.

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