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In 1842, following the doctor's orders for a change of climate, William Thomas Hamilton found himself accompanying a party of trappers on a yearlong expedition. Heading into the wild, Hamilton would prove himself to be a fast learner, as adept with a firearm as with sign language: this early experience would be the making of him. As the 19th century progressed, along with many other trappers, Hamilton found himself drawn into the Indian Wars brought about by territorial expansion.

Exploring, trapping, trading, and fighting, Hamilton shows how every aspect of a mountain man's life relied on his wits and knowledge in order survive the inhospitable environments.

First published in 1905, when the experiences of such pushing, adventurous, and fearless men were becoming a thing of the past, Hamilton's unassuming memoir relates an extraordinary life in a disappearing American West.

Public Domain (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jeff
  • 21-10-20

great story

This is a very fun and adventurous biography of a man that was there and lived it. If you enjoy the wild west, American history, and Native American history then definitely check out this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-20

This was a very interesting and well read book

It’s hard to believe this book was free, I really enjoyed the store and the reader.

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  • Baldo
  • 12-04-21

Good book

Really good book talked about some local areas and some forts near my home town in washington state

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-21

Excellent

I can only assume by "Performance" you mean the "Reader." (By that, I mean Traber Burns.

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  • SWHEATH
  • 06-04-21

incredible story

very interesting first person account. No emelishment. just the way it was. Highly recommend

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  • Mary Phillips
  • 28-03-21

Really Enjoyed this Book

Wonderful autobiographical account published in 1905 of the experiences of trapper W T Hamilton from 1840 to 1900. Excellent portrayal of the old west, and the different Native American tribes. Traber Burns is an excellent reader as well.

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  • Liz Hatfield
  • 26-03-21

Great story.

What an amazing life in an amazing time. To see the country and it’s peoples at that time must have been stunning. Great narration.

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  • James Armstrong
  • 11-03-21

Unabridged and unvarnished

This was interesting and made me aware that I do very much prefer these historical stories/accounts in the original and unapologetically biased language of the time. It’s so much more instructive of how different the view of the world was then than what one finds in modern descriptions. This most definitely is a window to the mindset of the white men who pursued uncertain lives on the western frontier as trappers, explorers, and either friends or enemies of Indians as circumstances determined.
Great job by the narrator.
Keep your powder dry.

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  • John Barber
  • 26-02-21

Excellent Book

I loved the coverage of Mr. Hamilton’s life. Excellent narration by Mr. Burns. I felt I was at the campfire taking these adventures in like a youngster. Beautiful piece of history. I’m grateful to have had it presented in a dignified and honest manner. A+++++

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  • carolyn carter
  • 16-01-21

Historically significant

Not a dull story and full of rich history. I could listen to more than once.

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