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Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In 1822, before Jedediah Smith entered the West, it was largely an unknown land, “a wilderness,” he wrote, “of two thousand miles diameter.” During his nine years as a trapper for Ashley and Henry and later for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, “the mild and Christian young man” blazed the trail westward through South Pass; he was the first to go from the Missouri overland t ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published June 1st 1964 by Bison Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
I (can) read fairly fast and do so when I get several library books that show up at once. (You know you have over the last 2 or 3 weeks sent for maybe 7 books...and they all show up on the same day). This is a library book, and still have 5 more waiting or in progress, 7 if you count the audios.

This is one I'd liked to have lingered over more. I am what is usually called a "history buff". In other words I have no "degree" but I love history, especially American history. I minored in history and
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Bought this book a few years ago (at the Western Hertiage Museum) when my family and I first watched the series, "Into the West" because I was so struck by what a good Christian man Jedediah Smith was. Got it out again and I'm determined to read it this time.
Jedediah Smith traveled back and forth across the area from St Louis to southern California, to the mouth of the Columbia, and back again. His survival was amazing as was his death near Kenton Oklahoma.
The author does an excellent job of collecting information from many sources and weaving it into an interesting biography of an incredible man.
Interesting history, surprising to see how many names of streams and rivers arise from these early explorers.
Bob Alexander
Good examination of an amazing pioneer explorer.
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Overland in 1846, Volume 1: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail The Great Salt Lake Overland in 1846, Volume 2: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail Rand McNally's Pioneer Atlas of the American West The Humboldt: Highroad of the West (Rivers of America, #23)

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