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Charles E Hanson jr
J Frederick Fausz
James a Hanson
A History of the Missouri River
March 20, 1905
Lengthy article on the history of the Missouri River since its first encounter with European explorers, starting with Coronado in 1540-1542 and observations by Marquette and Joliet in 1673. Description...
A Trader's License
A transcribed license issued to Joseph Bissonette by a U.S. Indian Agent in 1851. The license is presented as a typical example of the type of documents issued to traders involved in the Western fur trade...
An Oglala Sioux Winter Count
An Oglala Sioux winter count transcribed by Mrs. J. F. Waggoner from information provided by Makula, a Sioux medicine man and prophet. The count lists names, places, and other details related to Sioux...
An Unknown Factor?: The Role of African-Americans in the Fur Trade at Fort Union
Article that summarizes the activities of African-Americans involved with the upper-Missouri River fur trade at Fort Union. The author asserts that the proportion of African-Americans involved with the...
Biographical sketch of Andrew Drips (~1790-1860), reprinted from a book entitled "The Rocky Mountain Journals of William Marshall Anderson," describing his life and career. He was born in Pennsylvania...
Antoine Robidoux, Kingpin in the Colorado River
July 1, 1930
Story about trapper and trader Antoine Robidoux, a leading mountain man. According to the article, his account of California influenced the first overland emigrants in 1841. He was one of six Robidoux...
Bad Medicine: Medical Knowledge and Practice of the Upper Missouri Fur Trade
The article begins with a summary of various medicines and medical practices used by fur traders on the North American frontier. The next section is a transcription of various portions of Robert Thomas'...
Beads of the Plains Fur Trade, 1775-1875
Photograph and accompanying article that describe a portion of the Museum of the Fur Trade's Native American bead collection. The article describes how various tribes involved with the upper-Missouri River...
Article describing a rifle made by Renaud Beauvais, a St. Louis-based gunsmith from 1838 until at least 1875. The author states that Renaud was the brother of Geminen Beauvais Jr. and that he was born...
Becoming "a Nation of Quakers": The Removal of the Osage Indians from Missouri
Illustrations, map, and article about the removal of the Osage Indians from Missouri in the early 1800s after "half a century" as "the preeminent fur suppliers to the St. Louis market under the French...
Before Manifest Destiny
Article describes 16 points of interest in the United States and Canada for people interested in ''Old West'' trading posts and Indian factory replicas.
Before the Wagons Came
Article details the history of the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest. The trade in this region was initiated by John Jacob Astor, who founded "Fort Astoria" at the mouth of the Columbia River from which...
Blazing the Mullan Road
September 1, 2006
Article describes historical and contemporary travel along the road from Walla Walla, Washington, to Fort Benton, Missouri. Fort Benton, constructed in 1849, was once an important fur trading post, and...
Brother to the Fur Trappers of Old
Article describes the life of Eric Russell, a native Kansan who strives to capture the way of life of a fur trapper as a historic re-enactor.
Business Techniques in the Santa Fe Trade
Article about the business practices of Missouri merchants on the Santa Fe Trail (Santa Fe then being part of Mexico), boosting the economies of central and western Missouri towns along the Missouri River...
Cape Girardeau Celebrates 200 Years
History of the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, from its start "dating to the early 1700s," as an Indian trading site on the Mississippi River through "French ensign, Jean Baptiste Girardot." Description...
Chronology of Cyprien Chouteau's Life
Chronology of trader Cyprien Chouteau's life, beginning with his birth on October 1, 1804 in St. Louis, Missouri, including his settlement in the Randolph area in the 1820's, and concluding with his death...
Title continues, "David Thompson, Thomas Jefferson and the Corps of Discovery traveled similar paths throughout their careers."
In 1797-1798, David Thompson, a fur trader and cartographer for the...
Don Benito Vasquez in Early Saint Louis
Biographical article about Don Benito Vasquez (1738-1810), an early Spanish settler of Saint Louis, Missouri. Native of Spain emigrating to Saint Louis in 1869 as a soldier under Lieutenant Pedro Piernas...
Eastern Beads, Western Applications
Article on the uses and meanings of wampum among Native American tribes of the Great Plains. Beginning with the wampum traditions of the northeast, the author traces the spread of wampum westward. He argues...
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