William H. Ashley: Enterprise and Politics in the Trans-Mississippi West

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1990 - Fur trade - 320 pages
A reprint of a 1980 biography (with a new foreword) of the man who organized the first successful fur-gathering enterprise in the central Rocky Mountains in the 1820s. Ashley's rationalization of the industry forecast later American efforts to conquer the distances and exploit the resources of the W

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