Backbone of the World: A Personal Account of the American Rocky Mountain Fur Trade, 1822-1824

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Christopher Matthews Publish, May 10, 2011 - Fiction - 492 pages
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Volume I: Backbone of the World, 1822-1824 is a coming-of-age story of the first two years of the Rocky Mountain fur trade, 1822-24. It is told in his own words by Temple Buck, an Ohio-born lad whose rollicking tale begins with growing up in the Ohio wilderness, how he is kidnapped aboard evil Mike Fink's keelboat, is rescued by a beautiful St. Louis madam, and finally enlists in Ashley and Henry's first expedition up the Missouri River to the beaver-rich Rockies and a wealth of adventure and undreamed-of new experiences. This painstakingly researched tale blends historical and fictional characters in a colorful tapestry of actual events spiced with bloody battles, Indian customs and characters, homespun humor, and earthy romance. If you've ever wished for absolute freedom and hair-raising adventure in the early Old West, come along with Temple and his trapper companions and breathe the free, pure air of the Rocky Mountains!

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Edward Louis Henry is a lifelong horseman and outdoorsman who has been a working cowhand, a Wild West performer, a WWII infantry sergeant, a US Foreign Service officer, and an executive speechwriter. He is the author of the Temple Buck Quartet and Poredevil’s Beaver Tales. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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