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The Second William Penn A true account of incidents that happened along the old Santa Fe Trail   By: (1839-)

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The Second William Penn by W.H. Ryus is a captivating and immersive account of the adventures and hardships faced along the historic Santa Fe Trail. Ryus, renowned for his extensive research and passion for American frontier history, presents readers with an incredible true story that transports them back to a time when the West was still wild and unsettled.

Through meticulous storytelling and an array of firsthand accounts, Ryus chronicles the remarkable journey of William Penn, a man determined to overcome the many perils of the trail in search of his dreams. Penn's resilience and unwavering spirit in the face of constant challenges make him a truly admirable protagonist and serve as a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who shaped the history of the American West.

One of the strengths of Ryus' writing lies in his ability to paint vivid and detailed pictures of the landscapes and communities Penn encounters. From the towering mountains to the vast expanses of the prairie, readers are transported to a time when the beauty and danger of the frontier were intertwined. Moreover, the author's attention to historical accuracy adds another layer of richness to the narrative, making the book not only an engrossing read but also an educational one.

Another commendable aspect of The Second William Penn is Ryus' inclusion of various historical figures and events that played significant roles in shaping the Santa Fe Trail. From legendary mountain men to Native American tribes, the book effectively weaves together the stories of these diverse characters, offering readers a comprehensive understanding of the trail's importance in American history and its impact on the lives of those who traveled it.

While the book primarily focuses on the trials and tribulations faced by Penn, Ryus also incorporates broader themes such as cultural exchange, conflicts over land and resources, and the clash between different worldviews. This adds depth and complexity to the narrative, elevating it beyond a mere adventure tale and providing readers with a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition during a pivotal era in American history.

If there is one minor flaw in The Second William Penn, it is perhaps the occasionally dense and detailed writing that may overwhelm some readers. However, this is a small price to pay for the sheer breadth of information and insight that the book offers. Those with a keen interest in the history of the American West or anyone simply seeking an enthralling tale of adventure would find it difficult to put this book down.

In conclusion, The Second William Penn by W.H. Ryus is an enthralling literary journey that transports readers to a vibrant and dangerous era of American history. Ryus' meticulous research, skillful storytelling, and admirable attention to detail create an immersive experience that brings the Santa Fe Trail vividly to life. This captivating account of William Penn's odyssey is a must-read for history enthusiasts and anyone seeking an engrossing blend of adventure, history, and human resilience.

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A true account of incidents that happened along the old Santa Fe Trail in the Sixties.




By Col. Milton Moore

[Illustration: COL. MILTON MOORE.]

You who take the trouble to read these reminiscences of the Santa Fe Trail may be curious to know how much of them are literally true.

The writer of this preface was intimately acquainted with the author of this book, and knows that he has not yielded to temptation to draw upon his imagination for the incidents related herein, but has adhered strictly to the truth. Truth is, sometimes, "stranger than fiction," and is an indispensable requisite to accurate history, yet it may sometime destroy the charm of fiction.

The author of this book had a real and exceptional knowledge of Indian character and Indian traits, and his genuine tact in trading and treating with them, and the success which he had in sustaining friendly relations with them was one of the wonders of the West, and was a circumstance of much comment by those who had occasion to use the Santa Fe Trail.

It is small wonder, then, that "Little Billy of the Stage Coach" won for himself the title of the "Second William Penn."

In the early Sixties, the region through which the Old Trail passed was an unexplored territory where constant struggles for supremacy between the Wild Red Man and the hardy White man were carried on... Continue reading book >>

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