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James P. Beckwourth: Mixed-Race Explorer

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  • multiracialbookclub
    James P. Beckwourth James Pierson Beckwourth was born on April 6, 1798. He was a Mixed-Race explorer who played a major role in the early discovery and
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 3 11:47 AM
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      James P. Beckwourth


      James Pierson Beckwourth was born on April 6, 1798. 

      He was a Mixed-Race explorer who played a major role in
      the early discovery and settlement of the American West.

      James Beckwourth was born in 1798
      in Frederick County, Virginia.

      His mother was a Black woman and his father was
      White Britishman -- Sir Jennings Beckwourth.

      Beckwourth's family moved to Missouri in the
      early 1800's, and, there. he was apprenticed to a
      Blacksmith in St. Louis when he was a young man.

      In the summer of 1824 he signed on with General William
      Ashley for a trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains.

      Although there were people of many different races and
      ethnicities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only one of
      African-American Ethnic grouping who recorded his life story
      and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to
      the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

      He dictated his autobiography to Thomas D. Bonner, an itinerant
      Justice of the Peace in the gold fields of California, in 1854-55.
      After Bonner "polished up" Beckwourth's rough narrative,
      'The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth,
      Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and
      Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians' which
      was published by Harper and Brothers in 1856.

      Beckwourth's role in American history was often dismissed by
      historians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

      Today. however, it has been said that to discover the truth of
      what life was like for the fur trappers of the 1820's, the Crow
      Indians of the 1830's, the pioneers of the Southwest in the
      1840's, or the gold miners of California in the 1850's, one
      can find no better source than the life of Jim P. Beckwourth.

      Reference:

      The Black West by William Loren Katz.
      A Touchtone Book, published by Simon & Shuster Inc.
      Copyright 1987, 1996 by Ethrac Publications, Inc.
      ISBN 0-684-81478-1

      Source:


      http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/133/James_P_Beckwourth_explorer_born  

    • pierre jefferson
      Thank you again for presenting this important historical figure James P. Beckworth, His mother a Black woman and his father a Britishman` there by making him
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 3 3:27 PM
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        Thank you again for presenting this important historical
        figure James P. Beckworth,
         
         His mother a Black woman and his father a Britishman`
        there by making him mixed race.
         
         His central influence in the fur trade and trapping business.
        along with gold mining...and pioneer life style, was so
        remarkable and impressive.
         
         Then again Historians saw fit to dismiss his part in the
        development of America, which again i feel was due to
        his racial back ground.
         
         Thank you again for contributing this vital and enlightening
        historical information regarding mix race people, and their
        impact on humanity.
         
         
        Pierre


        multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:



        James P. Beckwourth


        James Pierson Beckwourth was born on April 6, 1798. 

        He was a Mixed-Race explorer who played a major role in
        the early discovery and settlement of the American West.

        James Beckwourth was born in 1798
        in Frederick County, Virginia.

        His mother was a Black woman and his father was
        White Britishman -- Sir Jennings Beckwourth.

        Beckwourth's family moved to Missouri in the
        early 1800's, and, there. he was apprenticed to a
        Blacksmith in St. Louis when he was a young man.

        In the summer of 1824 he signed on with General William
        Ashley for a trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains.

        Although there were people of many different races and
        ethnicities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only one of
        African-American Ethnic grouping who recorded his life story
        and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to
        the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

        He dictated his autobiography to Thomas D. Bonner, an itinerant
        Justice of the Peace in the gold fields of California, in 1854-55.
        After Bonner "polished up" Beckwourth's rough narrative,
        'The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth,
        Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and
        Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians' which
        was published by Harper and Brothers in 1856.

        Beckwourth's role in American history was often dismissed by
        historians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

        Today. however, it has been said that to discover the truth of
        what life was like for the fur trappers of the 1820's, the Crow
        Indians of the 1830's, the pioneers of the Southwest in the
        1840's, or the gold miners of California in the 1850's, one
        can find no better source than the life of Jim P. Beckwourth.

        Reference:

        The Black West by William Loren Katz.
        A Touchtone Book, published by Simon & Shuster Inc.
        Copyright 1987, 1996 by Ethrac Publications, Inc.
        ISBN 0-684-81478- 1

        Source:


        http://www.aaregist ry.com/african_ american_ history/133/ James_P_Beckwour th_explorer_ born  


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