“A work that has stood the test of time as the most important and most comprehensive narrative history to date on the white-directed trade in the trans-Mississippi West from approximately 1807 to 1843. ” – William R. Swagerty, University of Idaho
Hiram Chittenden provides a perspective or overall outline of the fut trade that, after nearly a century , remains sound. Volume 2 of this Bison Book edition follows the traps and trails of such colorful characters as Ezekial Williams, Hugh Glass, Mike Fink, and John Colter. Described here are the explorers, missionaries, government survey parties, and Indian tribes of the fur trade West, and the geography that often determined their success of failure.