THE TAOS TRAPPERS: The Fur Trade in the Far Southwest, 1540-1846

taos-trappersThis book has been around for almost 40 years, and its reputation is well-deserved.

It explores the history of the future trading center of Taos in present-day New Mexico, and of the fur trappers who discovered its potential. Beaver men who had started trapping the headwaters of the San Juan, Rio Grande, Arkansas and Platte Rivers soon realized the closer proximity of Taos made trading there worth the trip. Weber has delved through little-known Mexican and American sources to give us one of the first classic histories of the fur trade in the isolated Southwest, and this book is an important addition to any collection regarding the mountain man era.

 

—Chuck Lewis



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