The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life is a first-person account of a 2-month summer tour in 1846 of the U.S. states of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas. Francis Parkman, the author, was 23 at the time. The heart of the book covers the three weeks Parkman spent hunting buffalo with a band of Oglala Sioux. Contents: The Frontier Breaking the Ice Fort Leavenworth "Jumping Off" "The Big Blue" The Platte and the Desert The Buffalo Taking French Leave Scenes at Fort Laramie The War Parties Scenes at the Camp Ill Luck Hunting Indians The Ogallalla Village The Hunting Camp The Trappers The Black Hills A Mountain Hunt Passage of the Mountains The Lonely Journey The Pueblo and Bent's Fort Tete Rouge, the Volunteer Indian Alarms The Chase The Buffalo Camp Down the Arkansas The Settlements
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