This book "The Pathfinders" is intended for the general reading.It covers the period from Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806,through the climax of the mountain-man era in the 1830žs.To understand the vast achievements of these western travelers you really need to know the conditions that they had to work under.There life was a hard and dangerous one.In this book it says that it required special talents to stay alive at all,let alone make a fortune in beaver fur or break a new trail through a 1400 foot mountain range.Just trying to make a life was hard.First they set off to Missouri,Arkansas,then a strong battle through the Mississippi.
When a Mother was about to give birth in this book John says "The mother looked as concerned as nothing happened to her.So easy is nature in her operations in the wilderness". Another quote is "Living is like dying,getting there is the hard part." Said Lewis
My opinion on this book is that it is filled with information and gives you thoughts about the explorers that you never would have.At first I thought this book was boring.Then later I realized what these explores did foe me.I think that every American should read this book because you are lacking knowledge of how we found states.
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