Re: [Generation-Mixed] James P. Beckwourth: Mixed-Race Explorer
- Thank you again for presenting this important historicalfigure 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 soremarkable and impressive.Then again Historians saw fit to dismiss his part in thedevelopment of America, which again i feel was due tohis racial back ground.Thank you again for contributing this vital and enlighteninghistorical information regarding mix race people, and theirimpact on humanity.Pierre
multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:
James P. BeckwourthJames 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.
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
http://www.aaregist ry.com/african_ american_ history/133/ James_P_Beckwour th_explorer_ born
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