The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West

The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West

Jon E. Lewis

Language: English

Pages: 366

ISBN: 2:00104338

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The lore and the legends, the lawmen and the bad men, the rise of the cattle barons and the tragic demise of the Plains Indians, the pioneers and the forty-niners, Little Big Horn and the Alamo, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse -- from the Alleghenies to the Rockies the events that shaped the West and the people who tamed it are featured in this vivid anecdotal history, which draws upon firsthand testimony and contemporary documents to provide a compelling and comprehensive account of a land as it became a nation.

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along with 70 warriors, jumped the reservation and made for the Sierra Madre. Their route took them past Tombstone, where a posse including three of the Earp brothers tried to head them off, to no avail. Six months later, in April 1882, Geronimo and his band returned to the reservation but not, this time, as captives. They rode in as self-declared liberators, and persuaded most of the remaining Chiricahuas and Warm Springs Apaches to leave with them for Mexico. Near the border, at Horse Shoe

in Mexico. But in order to cross the border, he had to wait for the Apaches to make a raid in the US. By international agreement, he could go into Mexico only in pursuit of renegade Apaches. His justification came on 21 March 1883, when a renegade war party raided a mining camp near Tombstone. A few days later the same raiders killed federal judge H. C. McComas and his wife, and abducted their son. Crook, together with 50 soldiers and 193 civilian Apache scouts, trailed the renegades into

their home in the Southwest, after being freed by the US military from their captivity in the hands of the Pottawattamie tribe. Ascending the Osage River as far as it was navigable, Pike’s expedition traded their barges for horses, and took off across country to the Pawnee villages on the Republican River. The Pawnee were hostile, having just been goaded into an anti-American fervour by a detachment of Spanish military sent out to stop the Americans in this region of debatable ownership. An angry

name was Joe Horner – had a long history of hired gunfighting and outlawry, including the robbery of a bank in Comanche, Texas. Under Canton’s zealous leadership, Association inspectors at markets and shipping points seized 16,000 cattle not bearing approved brands. While the seizing of the cattle outraged their homestead owners, the impounded cows’ lack of suitable brands only proved to the grandees that rustling was still a major problem. With the inspiring example of Granville Stuart’s

opened a legal firm in El Paso, Texas, but clients (unsurprisingly) were few. Much of his time was spent in heavy drinking in local bars. It was in such an establishment, the Acme Saloon, that he was shot in the back of the head on the night of 19 August 1895. His assailant was John Selman, a local policeman and old-style Texas gunslinger, who probably shot Hardin for the fame of it. Hardin was not the only outlaw-hero in the pantheon of Texan anti-Reconstructionists. There was also William P.

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