My Sixty Years on the Plains Trapping Trading and Indian Fighting

My Sixty Years on the Plains Trapping Trading and Indian Fighting[EPUB] ✹ My Sixty Years on the Plains Trapping Trading and Indian Fighting By William Thomas Hamilton – Of 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 Years on Epub ß Of 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 William Hamilton found Sixty Years on the Plains PDF \ 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 himAs the nineteenth century progressed along with many other My Sixty Epub / trappers Hamilton found himself drawn into the Indian Wars brought about by territorial expansionExploring 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 environmentsFirst published in 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 uick 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 Indianmountain man culture Entertaining 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 uite 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 lifestyle today the way those trappers did?And I was surprised by the many accounts of American Indian fights and slaughters callously discussed in a business like way as if it were all in a days work And truly thus it must have been The frontier life was hard and unforgiving and even a civilized life in the mid 1890s was still a far cry from our lives today Death could meet you at any time disfiguring injuries were commonplace heck you even had no Tylenol Westward expansion was fraught with perils and it was sad to view the cool savagery that both natives and frontiersmen showed each other during clashes 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 history buff of the American West A narrative by an egotistI read this book for another view on mountain men It turned out to be anti native American I was very disappointed While the book is informative it is a sad example of our feeling of superiority and destroying the West by removing all lifeNative Americans Beavers Bear Buffalorather that a coexistence there is elimination I was tempted to rate it 4 star as it is a first hand account of the life of a trapper but for me personally I had to stick with three star 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 a hard one On the other hand the book shows how the palefaces spread throughout the west Time and again they clashed with local Native Peoples My summary of the book He went to work with mountain men traded with Indians moved camp fought with Indians moved camp traded with Indians and I was the best mountain man was thrown in there often I got bored of the repeating story half way through the book An interesting book about the life of a trapper and mountain man Some thoughts1 Mr Hamilton learned sign language very uickly 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 hunting grounds” but never stops once to ask if hunting on their tribal lands and taking many furs was in any way harmful to the Indians This does not seem to occur to him An interesting book and very good introduction to the life of a mountain man 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 liked the narrator of the audio book 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 for example Santa Fe was rendered multiple times as Santa F6 I recommend this book if you want to read a firsthand account of one of the earliest white men to head out west