The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie Of Kentucky by James Ohio PattieDuring an expedition from St. Louis, through the vast regions between that place and the pacific ocean, and thence back through the City of Mexico to Vera Cruz, during journeyings of six years; in which he and his father, who accompanied him, suffered unheared of hardships and dangers, had various conflicts with the indians, and were made captives, in which captivity his father died; together with a description of the country, and the various nation through which they passed.
James Ohio Pattie – Fur Trader, Mountain Man, and Explorer
Back when Arizona was part of Mexico, it did not look like it does today. Back then only the bravest and strongest people cane West. The Mountain men were the first to explore Arizona. They helped to open up the West to other American settlers. These mountain men were also known as fur trappers.
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The first Anglo-Americans to penetrate the wilderness regions of Arizona were that reckless breed known as Mountain Men. The earliest written account was the narrative of James Ohio Pattie of Kentucky. He braved Comanche lances to rescue naked women, fought grizzlies, mountain lions, Apaches, survived a harrowing desert ordeal and vaccinated thousands from the scourge of smallpox during his five-year Southwest odyssey. Louis, where they outfitted themselves for a fur-trapping expedition. It was the heyday of the fur trade and soon they were bound for the pristine hunting grounds of New Mexico.