Navigating the American West: A History
Follow early adventurers and pioneers through three hundred years of historic exploration, discovering how they navigated the American West by foot, horse, canoe, and wagon.
"Thomas A. Permar's book is truly an enthralling and educational read . . ." -- Kellen Cutsforth, Roundup Magazine. More
If you’ve ever stared in awe at the Rocky Mountains and wondered how early travelers could possibly traverse those peaks, then this is the book for you!
In a time of smartphones, GPS devices, and voice automated navigation systems, it’s difficult to imagine crossing unknown desserts, mountains, and prairies with just a few ancient techniques and the heavens above. This history of movement across the American West brings three centuries of travel to life. It shows how four different cultures, in four different areas, migrated across this harsh and beautiful land: the native travelers on foot, Spanish conquistadors on horseback, Frenchmen by canoe, and American settlers by wagon. In this history, the “who,” “where,” and “when” take a back seat to the fascinating “how.”
• How did they find their way from place to place?
• How did they measure time, distance, and direction traveled?
• How did they provide themselves with food, water, and shelter—the barest necessities of human existence?
Travel the myth and reality of the raw land that made the American West. Discover the depth of human bravery, determination, and ingenuity. And enjoy the adventure.
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