My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting

My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian FightingOf Course I Knew How To Scalp, And Soon Accomplished The Feat, Much To His Satisfaction, For He Said, You Are Broke In Now You Will Do Following The Doctor S Orders For A Change Of Climate, In 1842 William Hamilton Found Himself Accompanying A Party Of Trappers On A Year Long Expedition Heading Into The Wild, Hamilton Would Prove Himself To Be A Fast Learner, As Adept With A Firearm As With Sign Language This Early Experience Would Be The Making Of Him.As The Nineteenth Century Progressed, Along With Many Other Trappers Hamilton Found Himself Drawn Into The Indian Wars Brought About By Territorial Expansion.Exploring, Trapping, Trading And Fighting, Hamilton Shows How Every Aspect Of A Mountain Man S Life Relied On His Wits And Knowledge In Order Survive The Inhospitable Environments.First Published In 1905, When The Experiences Of Such Pushing, Adventurous And Fearless Men Were Becoming A Thing Of The Past, Hamilton S Unassuming Memoir Relates An Extraordinary Life In A Disappearing American West. I enjoyed this book It was a quick read 96 pg but one I couldn t put one down Primary focus was on trading and fighting with the Indians Fairly good detail as to the food, dress and Indian mountain man culture Entertaining. William T Hamilton was a mountain man, trapper, trader, lawman, and Indian fighter Originally published in 1905, the work gives a view of frontier life during the last half of the nineteenth century from the outdoorsman perspective A nice addition for the library of any histo
What a lifestyle I was enthralled by the small details of daily trapper life that would occasionally be discussed in this account Those men were absolutely incredible And I now really want to own a buckskin suit Even as I read it, I couldn t believe there were men who lived year round outdoors, sleeping under the stars, experiencing the acute hardships of bitter cold winters with apparent ease I have actually found myself viewing some of my own hardships and difficulties through a different lens after reading this They were hardworking and resourceful in a way I wish to be Their diet seemed to consists almost entirely of meat or other animal byproducts like spinal fat uh yeah, I said spinal fat Little else was discussed, though occasional berries were eaten when they could be found That s what we would call in modern parlance an unbalanced diet And yet the only deaths I remembered were from Indians or accidents, no coronary artery disease there It does make me think twice about my own diet Am I eating enough red meat Now that the western United States, and quite probably the entire US, is divided up and fenced in, a large part under private ownership, I wonder if you even could live a nomadic
Often, books from the old days are hard to read Not so this one Entertaining and informative, Hamilton s Journal describes life as a trapper, trader and mountain man On one side it becomes visible how beautiful the free life as a mountaineer was even though it was
An interesting book about the life of a trapper and mountain man Some thoughts 1 Mr Hamilton learned sign language very quickly, at least according to him Who is to verify 2 The mountain men were amazing riders and shots, experts with weapons since they had to be Many of them were killed by hostile Indians 3 Mr Hamilton from his very first trip west in 1842, took part in scalping Indians with seemingly no thought as to the morality of such a practice He seems to feel that it is normal life 4 Mr Hamilton was in many Indian fights because many of the Indian tribes were hostile to trappers Not all were, but many 5 Mr Hamilton talks continuously throughout the book about sending Indians to the happy hu
It s pretty much exactly what you would expect, but slightly less detailed than I would have liked The sense of entitlement was pretty shocking although not surprising, and the trappers were of course perfect men Still, the adventures were interesting and it seems to take a neutral enough approach to the various native populations Of course, they don t compare that well, because mountain men were perfect, but you know DIt s a good in between book to have some perspective on modern life I
Wow should a beautiful exciting storyI could not put it down It explained the old west in a way that transported me back 100 years I wanted to buy a horse and take off to travel the old west I mapped all the places Wow it s all gone now but this book is a legacy left for g
Very interestingThis story was very interesting I liked hearing this guy s adventures as being a free trapper in the west It was neat to read about the interactions and fights with the different groups of Native Americans This g
Written in 1905 when he was 82, My Sixty Years on the Plains is mostly about the skirmishes with Indians that the author was involved in It s pretty rambly, much as you might expect from a grandpa reminiscing Whoever transferred it from print to digital did a pretty bad job fo
Outstanding true account of a Trapper, Trader, Indian Fighter from the 1830s through 1870s This book was very well written and went into appropriate detail on many aspects of frontier life as the west was