Three Years among the Indians and Mexicans

Three Years among the Indians and Mexicans

Three Years among the Indians and Mexicans

Three Years among the Indians and Mexicans

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General Thomas James, to whose narrative the present volume of The Lakeside Classics is devoted, pioneered on two widely separated frontiers. As a member of the St. Louis Missouri Fur Company's expedition of 1809-10 to the headwaters of the Missouri he was one of the first Americans to traverse this then remote area; and as a trader to Santa Fe and to the Comanche Indians in the years 1821-23 he was again one of the first Americans to traverse and describe the southwestern area extending from St. Louis to Santa Fe.

The reader of his old-age narrative of his trading experiences, reproduced in the present volume, has an enjoyable treat in store. General James' experiences were frequently thrilling and his recital of them is detailed and vivid. Although his story was first published over a century ago, for reasons which will presently be explained existing copies are exceedingly rare, and even copies of the reprint edition issued in 1916 are difficult to obtain. Although they may be found in numerous reference libraries, it is probably safe to say that but few of our present readers have ever enjoyed the pleasure of reading General James' narrative.

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