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John Colter

The First Mountain Man
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"Win Blevins is a master storyteller in the Native tradition." - Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers When Lewis and Clark's expedition was finished, just one man in the group turned back West to the adventure: John Colter. He explored the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Pacific. Imagine, John Colter, the first white man to see Yellowstone. Running naked on cactus for seven miles from Blackfeet Indians, he hides in a beaver lodge for days and loses them. After being mauled, he talks Jim Bridger through sewing him up. Colter alone knows the rivers and land, filling Lewis and Clark's map. He was relied upon for his courage, daring, and calm.

Lewis offered a young John Colter the rank of private and a pay of five dollars a month when he was recruited to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis and Clark had no idea what a bargain they were getting.

Imagine Colter's amazement when he, by himself, saw Yellowstone, the geysers, and then the Tetons. His detailed exploration and description of this region, that later became the state of Wyoming, was a wonder that few people believed.

After traveling thousands of miles, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to the Mandan villages in present-day North Dakota. Two frontiersmen were headed into the upper Missouri River country in search of furs. On August 13, 1806, Lewis and Clark let loose of Colter so that he could lead the two trappers back to the region they had just explored.

That didn't work out, and the next year Colter started back toward civilization. Almost to St. Louis, he turned again to the Rocky Mountains, to his wilderness, with some former members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. At the confluence of the Yellowstone and Bighorn Rivers, Colter helped build Fort Raymond, and later searched out the Crow Indian tribe to investigate establishing trade with them.

His escape from dozens of braves, hot on his trail after they had stripped him naked, was part of his mountain medicine luck. Read the details in this amazing portrait of an independent man destined for greatness

"Blevins writes a tribute to the courageous, dauntless mountain men who ventured West. Their high adventures are the stuff of legends." - The Los Angeles Times.

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January 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: John Colter: The First Mountain Man (Mountain Man Classics Book 2)
Author(s): Win Blevins
Publisher: Authentic Adventures
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