Travels in the Great Western Prairies: The Anahuac and Rocky Mountains, and in the Oregon Territory, Band 1

Farnham was the leader of a group of Oregon-bound settlers known as the "Peoria Party." The group left Independence on May 20, 1839.

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Seite 170 - At a place they called the Coppermine River, where they made the first land, the ground was covered with copper, over which a body of earth had since been collected to the depth of a man's height.
Seite 270 - I cannot tell how the truth may be, I tell the tale as 'twas told to me.
Seite 153 - Sioux, they removed to the west side of the Missouri, on Poncar River, where they built and fortified a village, and remained some years ; but, being pursued by their ancient enemies, the Sioux, and reduced by continual wars, they have joined and now live with the Mahas (Omahas), whose language they speak.
Seite 169 - And this circumstance occasions their aversion to the flesh of that animal, as well as the people who eat it. This extraordinary tradition proceeds to relate that the great Bird, having finished his work, made an arrow, which was to be preserved with great care and to remain untouched; but that the Chippeways were so devoid of understanding as to carry it away; and the sacrilege so enraged the great Bird that he has never since appeared.
Seite 26 - Many were the bloody battles fought on the " trail," and such were some of the anxieties and dangers that attended and still attend the " Santa Fe trade." Many are the graves along the track, of those who have fallen before the terrible cavalry of the Cumanches.
Seite 160 - Corbeau, and up that to its source, from thence to the sources of the St. Peter's, thence to the ' Montaigne de la Prairie,' thence to the Missouri, and down that river to the Omahas, thence to the sources of the River Des Moines, and thence to the place of beginning.
Seite xix - ... the United States hereby cede to his Catholic Majesty, and renounce forever, all their rights, claims and pretensions, to the territories lying west and south of the above described line; and, in like manner, his Catholic Majesty cedes to the said United States, all his rights, claims and pretensions, to any territories east and north of the said line ; and for himself, his heirs and successors, renounces all claim to the said territories forever.
Seite 103 - ... burnt and arid desert, whose solemn silence is seldom broken by the tread of any other animal than the wolf or the starved and thirsty horse that bears the traveler across its wastes. The principal streams that intersect the Great Prairie Wilderness, are the Colorado, the Brasos, Trinity, Red, Arkansas, Great Platte, and the Missouri. The latter is in many respects a noble stream.
Seite xiii - Coast of North America or of the islands adjacent, situated to the north of the parts of the said coast already occupied by Spain, wherever the subjects of either of the two powers shall have made settlements since the month of April, 1789, or shall hereafter make any, the subjects of the other shall have free access and shall carry on their commerce without disturbance or molestation.
Seite 146 - Their enmity, when once excited, was never known to be appeased till the arrow or tomahawk had for ever prostrated their foes. For centuries, the prairies of Illinois and Iowa were the theatre of their exterminating prowess ; and to them is to be attributed the almost entire destruction of the Missouris, the Illinois, Cahokias, Kaskaskias, and Peorias. They were, however, steady and sincere in their friendship to the whites, and many is the honest...

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