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The Story of the Trapper   By: (1871-1936)

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[Illustration: With eye and ear alert the man paddles silently on. ( See page 105. )]

THE STORY OF THE WEST SERIES

EDITED BY RIPLEY HITCHCOCK

THE STORY OF THE TRAPPER

The Story of the West Series.

EDITED BY RIPLEY HITCHCOCK.

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D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, NEW YORK.

THE STORY OF THE TRAPPER

BY

A. C. LAUT

AUTHOR OF HERALDS OF EMPIRE AND LORDS OF THE NORTH

ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR HEMING AND OTHERS

[Illustration]

NEW YORK AND LONDON

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

1916

COPYRIGHT, 1902

BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

TO ALL WHO KNOW

THE GIPSY YEARNING FOR THE WILDS

EDITOR'S PREFACE

The picturesque figure of the trapper follows close behind the Indian in the unfolding of the panorama of the West. There is the explorer, but the trapper himself preceded the explorers witness Lewis's and Clark's meetings with trappers on their journey. The trapper's hard earned knowledge of the vast empire lying beyond the Missouri was utilized by later comers, or in a large part died with him, leaving occasional records in the documents of fur companies, or reports of military expeditions, or here and there in the name of a pass, a stream, a mountain, or a fort. His adventurous warfare upon the wild things of the woods and streams was the expression of a primitive instinct old as the history of mankind. The development of the motives which led the first pioneer trappers afield from the days of the first Eastern settlements, the industrial organizations which followed, the commanding commercial results which were evolved from the trafficking of Radisson and Groseillers in the North, the rise of the great Hudson's Bay Company, and the American enterprise which led, among other results, to the foundation of the Astor fortunes, would form no inconsiderable part of a history of North America. The present volume aims simply to show the type character of the Western trapper, and to sketch in a series of pictures the checkered life of this adventurer of the wilderness.

The trapper of the early West was a composite figure. From the Northeast came a splendid succession of French explorers like La VĂ©rendrye, with coureurs des bois , and a multitude of daring trappers and traders pushing west and south. From the south the Spaniard, illustrated in figures like Garces and others, held out hands which rarely grasped the waiting commerce. From the north and northeast there was the steady advance of the sturdy Scotch and English, typified in the deeds of the Henrys, Thompson, MacKenzie, and the leaders of the organized fur trade, explorers, traders, captains of industry, carrying the flags of the Hudson's Bay and North West Fur companies across Northern America to the Pacific. On the far Northwestern coast the Russian appeared as fur trader in the middle of the eighteenth century, and the close of the century saw the merchants of Boston claiming their share of the fur traffic of that coast... Continue reading book >>




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