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A Life Wild and Perilous
Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific
by Robert M. Utley
- Author: Robert M. Utley
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
- Language: english
- Release date: October 15, 1998
- Format: paperback, 400 pages
- ISBN: 9780805059892 (080505989X)
- Genres: history, westerns, adventure, geography, biography
About The Book
Early in the nineteenth century, the mountain men emerged as a small but distinctive group whose knowledge and experience of the trans-Mississippi West exted 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 ed with the Southwest and California in American hands, the Pacific Ocean becoming our western boundary.
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