This book concentrates on the 30 years following the Louisiana Purchase, highlighting the trappers, scouts, the growth and decline of the fur trade, the opening of the West. It shows the part played by the beaver, the buffalo, the horse -- and the ways in which the Indian was deprived of his birthright. It covers famous names, --Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, Pike, Thompson, Manuel Lisa, John Colter, Astor, the Chouteaus, Ashley, Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, Fremont, McLoughlin, etc. The rendezvous of the trappers and what happened there; the shift from adventure to business and what it did to the men; the coming of the women, native and white; the history of the Indians. Grand material -- not always fulfilled in the writing.