Rocky Mountain Rendezvous

Rocky Mountain Rendezvous : The History of the Fur Trade Rendezvous 1825-1840

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An excellent guide for mountain-man enthusiasts and an intriguing exploration of the West, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous focuses on the fur-trading rendezvous that took place from 1825-1840 in the Central Rocky Mountains. Originally commercial gatherings where furs were traded for necessities such as traps, guns, horses, and other supplies, they evolved into rich social events that were pivotal in shaping the early American West. Carefully crafted and compiled from primary sources, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous includes fascinating text by Gowans accompanied by firsthand accounts of 16 rendezvous from scientists, artists, military personnel, government explorers, and missionaries. Their diaries, journals, narratives, and books, along with Gowan's careful research, are illustrated with photographs and drawings. Maps pinpoint the location of each rendezvous, and photos depict the site today. Dr. Fred Gowans is a former professor at Brigham Young University who continues to lecture on the West and its unique history. His books include Mountain Man & Grizzly and Fort Bridger: Island in the Wilderness. He lives in Wyoming.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Gibbs M. Smith Inc
  • Layton, UT, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps, 20photos, 50 b&w drawings
  • 1586857568
  • 9781586857561

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An all-new, redesigned edition of the original classic on the fur-trading rendezvous that took place from 1825 to 1840 in the Central Rockies. These rendezvous were originally commercial gatherings where furs were traded for necessities such as traps, guns, horses, and other supplies. But more and more they became rich social events at which all kinds of human emotion were on display. Carefully crafted and compiled from primary sources, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous includes fascinating text by Fred R. Gowans accompanied by firsthand accounts of the rendezvous from scientists, artists, military personnel, government explorers, and missionaries. The descriptions are illustrated with maps, photographs, and drawings. "For fur-trade scholars the book is important as a guide to rendezvous sites. For casual readers or newcomers to Western history, it serves as a fine introduction to a hard time in a hard country--a time that today is covered with a patina of romance." --The American West "Gowans clearly knows the lore of the Rocky Mountain beaver trade." --Western American Literature Fred R. Gowans, one of the leading scholars of the American fur trade, has honed his craft for over forty years. As professor of history and chair of the Native American Studies program at Brigham Young University, he researched and interpreted every facet of western expansion. He is a renowned lecturer, teacher, and mentor of new generations of researchers.show more

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