Jefferson Blackwell - A fur trader
who worked with John Gannt
in the upper
Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville (1796-1878) - A
French-born army officer, frontiersman and explorer of the
is best known for blazing portions of the
(1734-1820) - Frontiersman, pioneer, surveyor and Indian Fighter
who blazed the trail known as the Wilderness Road in 1775.
(1796-1836) - An aggressive frontiersman, pioneer, explorer, and commander of
the volunteers at the Alamo,
where he died.
Alexander K. Branch
(1798-1841) – Also known as Jose de Jesus Branch, he was frontiersman and
trapper who worked in the southwest and the
Francis Ziba Branch
(1802-1874) - Sailor, trapper and trader, he was one of a group who opened what
became known as the Old Spanish Trail from New Mexico to California.
Elias Brevoort (1822-??) - Frontiersman, trader, and author, Brevoort was well
acquainted with the Santa Fe Trail and southwest.
James Bridger (1804-1881) - An accomplished trapper, scout, and mountain man, Bridger was one of the first non-Indians to see the natural wonders of what would become Yellowstone
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (?-1543) - A Spanish or Portuguese
was the first European to explore the Californian coast
(1804-1879) - Fur trader, merchant and
Commissioner, he often worked with
Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868) -
Carson was a
daring and brave explorer, mountain man, trapper, scout,
soldier, and buffalo
Sebastiao Melendez Rodriguez Cermeno
(1560?-1602) - A Spanish navigator and
was Portuguese by birth.
Charbonneau (1767-1843) -
A French-Canadian explorer and trader, and a member of the
Lewis and Clark
Expedition, best known as the husband of
Chardon (1795-1848) - A
who became part of the Upper Missouri
Outfit of the
- Early French traders and trappers who operated west of
the latter part of the 1700s and early 1800s.
(1770-1838) - Explorer and geographical expert who co-lead the
Lewis and Clark
John Colter (1774?-1813)
Frontiersman, explorer, fur
trapper, mountain man, and army scout credited with the being the discoverer of
Columbia Fur Company
(1821-1827) - Started by former
members of the
North West Company,
the firm did well and was bought out by the
Company in 1827.
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) -
explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492,
hoping to find a route to India. He is credited with discovering the
Americas; but, that is probably not true, as it appears the
Vikings were here centuries before.
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
(1510-1554) - Spanish ruler,
explorer and conquistador. He was the first European to explore North
Hernando Cortes (1485-1547) - He was a Spanish Conquistador who
led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and
brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the
King of Castile in the early 16th century.
William Craig (1807-1869) -
A frontiersman and trapper, Craig worked along with other better known traders
(1786-1836) - Frontiersman, explorer, and American folk hero,
represented Tennessee in the U.S. Congress, served in the
Texas Revolution, and died at the age of 49 at the
Battle of the Alamo.
Culbertson (1809-1879) - Fur trader and buffalo hunter who worked with famed
trader, Kenneth McKenzie.
Day (1770?-1820) - A fur trapper and frontiersman, he worked for both
American Fur Company and the
North West Company.
Edward De Morin (1818-1902)
- Trapper and Trader who worked for the
Hernando De Soto (1496?1542) - Hernando de Soto
was about thirty-six years of age when he was appointed adelantado of
He was "a gentleman by all four descents," and had recently been created by the
Emperor, a knight of the order of Santiago.
Joseph Dickson (1775-1844) -
One of the first known mountain men, he, along with Forrest Hancock,
Lewis and Clark
Andres Dorantes de Carranza
(1500?-1550s) - An early Spanish explorer, de Carranza was a native of
the southwestern Castilian town of Gibraleon, Spain.
- He was the first known person born in Africa to have arrived in
the present-day continental United States.
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