Most boys and girls in Grade 6 can read this book themselves.
Those in grades 5 to 10 will find it interesting.
Beaver skins! We need beaver skins! The demand came from the eastern United States and from the large cities of Europe. Skins—thousands of them—were needed to make the fashionable beaver hat of the early nineteenth century.
Men who journeyed west to trap beaver cared nothing for fashion. They wanted adventure and there was no shortage of that in the unmapped land beyond the Mississippi.
In this book James Daugherty, author of numerous American hero tales, tells about the two expeditions—one by sea and one overland—sent out by John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company to establish a trading post on the west coast. The men who made the overland march to Astoria in Oregon had incredible adventures in opening new trails and making valuable records of what they saw. Even more dramatic is the story of those who made the perilous journey around the Horn in the Tonquin.
Unfriendly Indians, stampeding buffalo, blizzards, hunger and thirst were only a few of the difficulties that beset the fur trappers, for fighting the American Fur Company every foot of the way was Manuel Lisa, founder of the Missouri Fur Company.
Here is an exciting adventure tale for those who enjoy a true story about the men whose work helped to push our frontiers farther west.
From the dust jacket
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