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

My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian FightingOutstanding 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 won and became settled I highly recommend this to anyone interested in this time period of history. 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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 generations to enjoy Brilliant, brilliant a beautiful story from the heart I am only sorry there isn t another 30 chapters. 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. 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 guy kind of reminded me of my great grandpa He was born a little later, like 1885, but he was similar I like reading history through other people s memoirs and I liked this story. 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. 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. 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 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 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

William Thomas Hamilton 1822 1908 , also known as Wildcat Bill, was a mountain man, trapper, and scout of the American West Some accounts say he was Scottish born , others that he was in the River Till area of Northumberland He and his parents emigrated to the USA from Scotland while he was an infant.Trapping from an early age, in the 1850s he became an Indian fighter and at the end of the dec

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