By James H. Maguire, Peter Wild, Donald A. Barclay
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One of his biographers, Jerome Peltier, thinks Harris was probably a member of William H. Ashley's first fur-trading journey up the Missouri in 1822. Harris definitely accompanied Ashley on his 1823 expedition. But Peltier says that "Black Harris was an enigma. " To see Peltier's full biographical sketch of Harris and to read detailed biographical accounts of other fur trappers and traders, consult the multivolume series The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West, edited by LeRoy Reuben Hafen.
Independence Rock, the Trappers' Post Office from William Marshall Anderson,Rocky Mountain Journals 75 33 and 34. Trappers at a Rendezvous 77 33. Trappers from Alfred Jacob Miller,The West of Alfred Jacob Miller 77 34. Trappers Starting on a Beaver Hunt from Alfred Jacob Miller,The West of Alfred Jacob Miller 78 35. How toTrap Beaver from Robert Campbell,A Narrative 79 36 and 37. Romanticizing the Mountains 81 Page viii 36. A Rocky Mountain "Garden of Eden" from Thomas James,Three Years Among the Indians and Mexicans 82 37.
If, in the meantime, he wasn't shot, axed, trampled, frozen, drowned, or ripped apart to gratify some grizzly bear's daily protein quota. It was hard, hard going. Yet consider the alternatives. " They didn't have many. If a mountain man had not been slithering through the willows on his belly while Blackfoot warriors sought his life as he sought theirs, he might be lugging stones day after day across some dreary New England field while his wife grew hardened by drudgery and his children died of diphtheria.
A Rendezvous Reader: Tall, Tangled, and True Tales of the Mountain Men 1805-1850 by James H. Maguire, Peter Wild, Donald A. Barclay