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Santa fe Trail
Leroy R Hafen
Harvey L Carter
Charles E Hanson jr
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...
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...
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...
Spanish Expeditions into Colorado
Article provides a chronological history of Spanish expeditions into or through Colorado that are not often cited in such histories or lists. The first part covers expeditions taking place in the period...
Steamboats on the Missouri River
Extensive, well-researched book on the subject of steamboating on the Missouri River during the time frame of its beginning in 1819 to its eventual demise in 1935. The author states in the preface, "In...
June 19, 1905
Biographical chapter about Sylvestre S. Pratte, or Sylvestre Pratt (1799-1828), a short-lived mountain man. He was a native of Saint Louis, Missouri married to a niece of "the last Spanish Governor of...
The 50 Greatest Books on the American West
Article lists contributors' choices of the 50 books most crucial to understanding westward expansion and pioneer life. The books address subjects such as the fur trade, agriculture, criminal violence,...
The American Fur Company
A transcribed report written by Philander Prescott in 1833. Prescott wrote the report just before the Chouteau family took over the American Fur Company and it describes its history, trade activity, and...
The Bean-Sinclair Party of Rocky Mountain Trappers, 1830-32
Historical article about trapping explorations of the early 1830s, following developments in the early 1800s by the Chouteaus and Osage Indians, among others, starting in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas....
The Chouteaus and Their Commercial Enterprises, Part I
First of a two-part series of articles on the Chouteau family of the western frontier and their "economic dynasty" of the late 1700s and early 1800s, including biographical information of Francois Gesseau...
The Chouteaus and Their Commercial Enterprises, Part II: Diplomatic and Social Relations of the Chouteaus
Second of a two-part series of articles on the Chouteau family, concentrating on their diplomatic relations with the French, Spanish, English, and American governments and Indian tribes, including biographical...
The David Adams Journals
Transcribed journal entries of David Adams from 1841-1845. Adams was an explorer of the Missouri Valley region and participant in the Western fur trade during this time period. His journal entries describe...
The Earliest Fur Traders and Merchants
Early history of the fur trade in the West and especially the Midwest, describing how the Chouteau family controlled the Missouri River valley fur trade from the start, buying out fur magnate John Jacob...
The Early Fur Trade Posts on the South Platte
December 1, 1925
History of the early fur trading posts on the South Platte River (mostly in the later state of Nebraska), established by the late 1830s for protection on routes across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains....
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