Food & Provisions of the Mountain Men

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About the author:
Larry "Friar" Edwards is a found­ing member of the Corps of Rediscovery, a group of dedi­cated living history re-enactors specializing in the time period of 1740 to 1840 in the history of North America.

He began buckskinning in 1998 and has been an out­doors­man most of his life. He got his start in the Juanita Woods and the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. He currently lives in San Diego, California, and spends as much time as possible in the region's Laguna Mountains.

Dressed in hand-sewn buckskins and playing fiddle, banjo, and guitar, Friar and his brigade partners Chuck "Strummer" Preble-author of The Rendezvous Primer-Carl "Broken Hand" Costantino, and Mike "Hat Man" Robinson make presentations at historical encamp­ments, parks, schools, and museums.

Friar, Strummer, and Hat Man, as "Heritage," produced their music on a CD: The Musical History Tour: Songs and Dance Tunes of the Early American Frontier. Their blend of live music, storytelling, and realia provides an entertaining way to learn about this fascinating period in our nation's history: French & Indian War, Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Fur Trade era.

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Food & Provisions of the Mountain Men

A Guide to Authentic Provisions of Fur Trappers, Traders and Explorers in the Early American West

Authored by Larry M. Edwards
Edition: 3

Food & Provisions of the Mountain Men is a guide to historically accurate food and provisions of the fur trappers, traders, and explorers who went to the Rocky Mountains in search of the precious beaver fur and other opportunities.

The author created this guide for those who participate in re-enactments of mountain man rendezvous and historical encampments. It's also for anyone interested in the lifestyles and hardships endured by these mountain men at a time when beaver fur was worth more than gold.

The items presented herein have been gleaned from trappers' and explorers' journals, and diaries of travellers to the Far West, as well as trading post inventory records, and lists of provisions for the annual fur-trapper rendezvous in the 1820s and 1830s.

The emphasis is on food and provisions used up to 1840, the generally accepted cutoff date for the American Fur Trade Era, that being the last year the trappers held a formal rendezvous.

Use this guide to make your rendezvous larder and meals historically authentic. Wagh!

Publication Date:
0985972807 / 9780985972806
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / 19th Century

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