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Contents Maps Photographs Preface Introduction Randavouze Creek Rendezvous, 1825 Map Information Willow Valley Rendezvous, 1826 Sweet Lake Rendezvous, 1827, Sweet Lake Rendezvous, 1828 Popp Agie--Pierre's Hole Rendezvous, 1829, Wind River Rendezvous, 1830 Willow Valley Rendezvous, 1831 Pierre's Hole Rendezvous, 1832 Green River Rendezvous, 1833 Hams's Fork Rendezvous, 1834 Green River Rendezvous, 1835 Green River Rendezvous, 1836 Green River Rendezvous, 1837 Wind River Rendezvous, 1838 Green River Rendezvous, 1839 Green River Rendezvous, 1840 Appendix Footnotes Selected Bibliography Index
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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.