A Life Wild and Perilous Pdf




A Life Wild and Perilous

Number of page: 400
Author: Robert M. Utley
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781627798839
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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Early in the nineteenth century, the mountain men emerged as a small but distinctive group whose knowledge and experience of the trans-Mississippi West extended the national consciousness to continental dimensions. Though Lewis and Clark blazed a narrow corridor of geographical reality, the West remained largely terra incognita until trappers and traders–Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Tom Fitzpatrick, Jedediah Smith–opened paths through the snow-choked mountain wilderness. They opened the way west to Fremont and played a major role in the pivotal years of 1845-1848 when Texas was annexed, the Oregon question was decided, and the Mexican War ended with the Southwest and California in American hands, the Pacific Ocean becoming our western boundary.

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