Empire of the Bay
Website for â€œThe Empire of the Bayâ€ documentary that ran on PBS – telling the story of the shrewd merchants and bold explorers of the Hudson’s Bay Company who tamed a wilderness and opened up the heart of a vast continent.
The York Factory was once the headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company — a trading network that encompassed nearly three million square miles of North America, from the Arctic Ocean to San Francisco, from Labrador to Hawaii. It is here, in this frigid wilderness, that the foundation of modern Canada was laid. This fascinating story of this empire spans three centuries of wars and spoils, of exploration and exploitation, of intrigue and sheer human endurance.
Very interesting site, with a broad range of historical information about mountain men, trappers, rendezvous, re-enactors, Native American history, and much more. Nice photo library of old Native American images, and some really nice images of rendezvous in the US and Finland. As Frank puts it, “Internet is full of websites that offer most interesting things and facts. One thing I too often see is pages with false information about North-American Indians or some other characters of the Old West. For example, you might see a picture of Dull Knife and text below the picture says: Lakota Chief… or you might read from somewhere that Billy The Kid killed 21 men… …aaaarghh… So this is the reason I build this website, to help people know how things really were..” Check the site out when you have some time, it’s worth the trip! The above link will take you to the rendezvous and re-enactment images.
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
An online library and research center. Very impressive in scope & online presentation.
Mountain Men Links
Links to online bios of dozens of mountain men (both well-known, & of lesser renown). A good source to learn about the History of Mountain Men, lists past Mountain Men alphabetically.
The Mountain Men (online biographies)
During the time period the men were called Mountaineers, it was later they became known as Mountain Men. Includes text, photos, sketches: Jim Baker, Bill Williams, Thomas Tate Tobin, Jim Bridger, Jedediah Strong Smith, Kit Carson, John Albert, Mariano Medina, John [Liver Eating] Johnston, Joseph Lafayette Meek, James Pierson Beckwourth & Antoine Janis.
The Mountain Men – Pathfinders of the West: 1810-1860
Created by Emily Zimmerman as a part of the University of Virginia’s American Studies project on Henry Nash Smith’s Virgin Land. Nice web presentation, separate sections for: The Fur Trade, Explorers & Guides, Gallery of Maps, Ways of Other Mountain Men, Jim Bridger, John Colter & Jedediah Smith.
The Oregon Trail
Web site developed for the PBS mini-series.
The Trade Forts
The trade Forts A time for the Mountaineers too resupply, have fun ,,, Whisky and in some cases the fairer sex … a place to cache during the Cold season. In the Southern Frontier most all of the trading was done at the Trade Forts. Includes online histories, links & reference about: Bent’s Fort, Ft Robidoux, Ft. St. Vrain, Fort Bridger & Fort William.
War of 1812-1814
Website dedicated to this North American conflict. Includes historical narrative, text & links, as well as related information by category: songs, people, weapons, reenactor groups & much more.