Jim Bridger, Mountain Man; a Biography - Part I: Trapper- Chapter 1,2 and 3 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 1- Jim Bridger's family moves out west to Missouri and establishes a farm near St. Louis and the Missouri River. When Jim is 14-years-old, his mother and then his father and brother die. He gets a job ferrying people and goods on a Mississippi flat boat. Later, Jim is apprenticed to a St. Louis blacksmith. Jim learns to shoe horses, make traps and other iron goods. St. Louis is then half-French, with Spaniards from Mexico, French-Canadians, and Indians coming in to trade. Jim hears of and sees the heroes of the frontier that are fur-trappers and Indian fighters. By 1819, when Jim is 15 years-old, a steamboat is making regular runs on the Mississippi. After a few years, Jim's apprenticeship with the blacksmith is nearly over. He is thinking over his future and how to support his sister who is now in school. Then, Jim hears of a notice by Major...

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