Etienne Provost: Man of the Mountains, reveals the life and adventures of this giant among fur trade personalities and is a welcome addition to the understanding of this remarkable era of the American West.
Dr. Fred Gowans (Rocky Mountain Rendezvous) writes, in the introduction, that "the events of Provost's life represent a looking glass into the total history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. It would have been very difficult to find a person closely associated with the beaver trade in the American West who did not only know Etienne, but considered him one of the outstanding individuals of that era. From Santa Fe and Taos to the remote valleys of the Rocky Mountains and the executive offices of the giant fur companies in St. Louis, his name was known and recognized as one who knew and understood every facet of the business.
Etienne Provost (1785-1850), a powerful man in his own time, has until now been someone who weaves in and out of the history of the American fur trade. He never learned to read or write, so is nothing of his own to judge him by. Author Jack Tykal has undertaken the monumental task of researching the scattered records of the fur trade era for references to Provost and bringing them together to create a picture which brings the life of this very interesting and influential person into focus.
225 pages, 22 illustrations; fold-out map; 12 reproductions of historic paintings, SC