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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
Regis Loisel and Seventy Years of Kansas Land Claims
Article about the fur trading "fort" of French Canadian explorer Regis Loisel (17?-1804 ca.) on the Upper Missouri River (around eastern Wyoming), established in the 1790s due to a Spanish land grant and...
Rendezvous: The Rise of the Mountain Men
Article discusses the role of fur trappers in opening up the west. Contains illustrations and text about such "mountain men" as William Sublette, William Ashley, Thomas Fitzpatrick, and Jim Bridger. Includes...
RenegadeRoads: Following Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick
Article gives history of Thomas Fitzpatrick in the form of a current travelogue, citing places to stay and eat along the way where Fitzpatrick experienced some of his adventures as a fur trader and emigrant...
Reports of the Fur Trade and Inland Trade to Mexico, 1831
Reproductions of letters and other reports from various fur traders and government officials involved in western exploration in 1831. The impetus for the reports that year was a request to the President...
Information about Robert Campbell, an Irish fur trader in Saint Louis by 1824 in company of Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and Thomas Fitzpatrick. Said to be one of the greatest aids to the government in Indian...
Portrait and chapter of the book about Robert Campbell (1804-1879), an Irish emigrant to Saint Louis in 1824, joinging a fur trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1825 to help his lung condition....
May 24, 1905
Photo of and chapter of the book about Robert Newell (1807-1869), a fur trapper born in Ohio and moving to Missouri by the 1820s, traveling with William Sublette in 1829 to the Rocky Mountains and meeting...
Information on Louis Robidoux, a Santa Fe trader starting in 1821 moving to California in 1844 and becoming an early government official there. Brother of Antoine Robidoux and Joseph Robidoux born in Saint...
Information on Michel Robidoux, a fur trapper in New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming in the early and middle 19th century, born in Saint Louis in 1798 as the brother of Francois Robidoux (born in 1788), Louis...
Information on Antoine Robidoux (1794-1860), a fur trader "called 'the knight of the Colorado river fur trade.'" Brother of Louis Robidoux (1796-1868) and Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868) becoming a Santa Fe...
Illustration and information on Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868), a prominent western fur trader, founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri about 1826, and brother of Antoine Robidoux and Louis Robidoux, et al. Son...
Rocky Mountain Entrepreneur: Robert Campbell As a Fur Trade Capitalist
Well documented article with illustrations about fur trade entrepreneur Robert Campbell. Lead in to the article states: "Between 1825 and 1835 Robert Campbell emerged as a fur trade entrepreneur. Campbell...
Rudolph Friedrich Kurz: Artist and Journalist on the Upper Missouri
Biographical article focused upon Swiss artist Rudolph Friedrich Kurz and his experiences with the Missouri River fur trade. Topics covered include his early life in Switzerland, his early travels in America,...
Searching for (Young) Old Jim
Article that focuses upon the early life of Jim Bridger. A brief outline of Bridger's early life is provided. His childhood and upbringing in Virginia and Illinois is the focus of the article. The author...
Seeking a Newer World: The Fort Osage Journals and Letters of George Sibley, 1808-1811
Book includes journal entries and letters written by George Sibley while Chief Indian Factor for the United States at Fort Osage. Extensive annotations are included as well as a lengthy introduction, and...
Seth E. Ward
July 1, 1927
Article details the life of Seth E. Ward, 1820-1903, pioneer trader and freighter on the old Santa Fe Trail. Also a resident of Westport. He came to this area in June of 1838 and went on to western travels...
May 19, 1905
Photos (of Ward and his Kansas City home) and chapter of the book about Seth Edmund Ward, or Seth Ward (1820-1903), "a runaway apprentice, a Rocky Mountain trapper, an Indian trader, post sutler at Fort...
Slave, Trader, Interpreter, and World Traveler
Article on Jeffrey Deroine, an African-American fur trader and interpretor with the Ioway Agency. Born a slave in St. Louis, Missouri in 1804, Deroine spent his adolescence working as a fur trader for...
Soblet or Sublette Family
Chapters of the book about the origins of the Soblet family that fled France in 1686 and emigrated to Virginia in 1700. The spelling of the Sublette family had considerable variations. Local descendants...
Some High Lights in Missouri History
Article on the history of Missouri from its earliest speculative explorations. It begins with DeSoto in 1541, continuing with Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette in 1672-1673, early Catholic missions and...
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