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

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Christopher Matthews Publish, Apr 25, 2011 - Fiction - 492 pages
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The first book in an exciting adventure series—the Temple Buck Quartet—that chronicles the rise and fall of the American Rocky Mountain fur trade, this volume is a coming-of-age story set in the first two years of the fur trade, 1822–24. Temple Buck is a young man whose rollicking tale begins with growing up in the Ohio wilderness before he is kidnapped by an evil keelboat captain. After his rescue by a beautiful St. Louis madam, he finally enlists in the first expedition up the Missouri River to the beaver-rich Rockies for a wealth of adventure and new experiences. This painstakingly researched tale blends historical and fictional characters into a colorful tapestry of actual events spiced with bloody battles, Indian customs, homespun humor, and earthy romance.

 

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Fantastic detail brings this tale to life. A real time machine, I loved it the first time and three times since!

Contents

Ohio
13
The Ohio
63
St Louis
113
The Missouri
165
The Yellowstone
249
The Musselshell
301
Arikaras
359
The Shining Mountains
405
Snakes
445
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About the author (2011)

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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