Was Jededah Smith the greatest of the old western mountain men?
Again, I reminded this mysterious fur trade / businessman / explorer when I ran to one of my biggest Western historical treasures, a small, aging, "Jedediah Smith and West Opening Paper". Dale L. Morgan
Originally published in 1953, I've printed a paperclip in 1964. Both the book and the man we are talking about are good enough to test the time and I recommend this excellent volume to anyone who wants to learn more about Smith and other mountain people who venture into the "innocent" wilderness of the Old West. In the early 1800s. Jedediah Strong Smith (1799-1831) was a complacent, fascinating man who was by no means spectacular about survival and discovery in the early years of the old West. General William H. Ashley hired a response to a St. Louis newspaper article that sought 100 people to travel to the Missouri River. They will be exploration and, above all, fur trade. At this point of the nation's history, fur trade was the main source of trade and wealth – and in particular through the Mississippi-Missouri River system to St Louis's main growth and farming site
As Morgan explains, Jedediah Smith "… one in one of the green hands" for the 1822 business. But within two years, Morgan says Smith has become Ashley's business partner and became one of the leading commercial partners in a year that dominated the trade in Rocky Fur.
Morgan suggests that Smith was only the second to Lewis and Clark about the striking discovery of the West. 8 years later, Jedediah Smith did all this: he discovered the Great Trail on the South Pass; He was the first white man to reach California along the American borders along the Mississippi-Missouri rivers; He was the first white man to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains; The first is the length and breadth of the Great Basin region; And he was the first to get to Oregon by boarding the California coast. Smith had done all that and everything from the moment he was 22 years old to his death along the Comanche chain along the Santa Fe route. She was 32 years old. He did everything with a stoic anxiety, which was the usual cold winter, the source of summer and the deprivation known to the entire mountain man, and did much less "rough" behavior. Smith was famous for being a true spiritual and good-natured person when others cursed and stunned their way and then went back to the "civilization" of times. Again, Morgan Smith likes the love and general nature of the Bible, unlike Smith's story of the most famous Mountain Men of Smith: Morgan's account says that Smith "entered the West with his own rifle, the Bible, the garments on his back and very little . "Smith counted among the hottest or" tougher "mountain men? There was no doubt that he would be able to survive the hard life of the Rocky Mountains. In the days of the Yellowstone River, during his firing days, Smith and his party were in touch with a grizzly bear. Smith carried the giant animal and his companions provided detailed instructions for cleaning and implanting his scalp with scissors, needles and threads.
The details of Jedediah's death are sketchy and somewhat controversial. No one was present to capture the actual killing of a Comanche fighter palm in Santa Fe Trial in 1831. Smith left the commercial party was with him to take care of the water. As far as it is known, collecting the letters of Smith's families, Mountain Man was likely to run between five and twenty Commanders. He could not tell them their peaceful intentions. Or maybe they just wanted his horse and rifle. Whatever the circumstances, Jedediah's remains were never won, though Austin's brother eventually took back his weapons and pistols from the Mexican merchant who had acquired them from the Comanche hunters. Jedediah Smith is still one of the least known and probably the most prominent of the mountain men who have discovered and prepared the paths of the generations of offspring to cross the Old West West, the plains and the mountains, and make America a nation of the continent today.