229 pages, map. Western Frontiersmen Series XXXVI. "Alexander Ross, the pioneer recorder of the early fur trade in the far northern West, led a beaver trapping expedition in 1824 into the vast, unfamiliar territory east of trading posts in the Pacific Northwest. He and his men ventured deep into Snake River country in present-day Idaho and Montana. In this narrative, based on the accounts left by Ross and others Ross recorded in exquisite detail the endless vexations of managing a brigade drawn from the widest possible mixtures of ethnic backgrounds and nationalities-his men included métis (or mixed-bloods), Americans, Canadians, and Native "freemen" (independent contractors) from over a dozen Indian nations. Ross's accounts reveal the consequences of running low on supplies and having to butcher the animals, and how hunting game for sport threatened the stock of ammunition and the condition of the horses. Ross and his men, and the Hudson's Bay Company's drive to discourage American settlement in the Northwest by exterminating the beaver there. Those interested in the history of the early Northwest will find this well-crafted saga both engaging and enlightening."
Title: Forging A Fur Empire Expeditions in the Snake River Country 1809-1824
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Norman, The Arthur H. Clark Company: 2010
Book Condition: New
Seller ID: 13866
Keywords: Ross, fur trade, expeditions, explorations, overland Travel