Journal of an Indian Trader
Anthony Glass and the Texas Trading Frontier, 1790-1810
Native American Studies - Western History
6 x 9, 152 pp.
Illus., Maps.
Pub Date: 06/01/2000
Texas A&M Southwestern Studies
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Journal of an Indian Trader

Anthony Glass and the Texas Trading Frontier, 1790-1810

Edited by Dan L. Flores

A decade before the celebrated mountain men entered the Northern Plains and Rockies, some dozen little-known trading forays were launched into the plains of the Southwest. Anthony Glass led one of the most important.

In 1808–1809, with a party of twelve hunter-traders, he acted as semi-official emissary of the U.S. government in the practically uncharted lands of the Taovaya-Wichita and Comanche Indians. His was the first party of whites ever to view the sixteen-hundred-pound meteorite venerated as a healing shrine by the Plains tribes. Alone among the early southwestern traders, Glass kept a lively journal detailing his route and experiences.

Forgotten for nearly two centuries, this journal appears here in its entirety with rich annotation and interpretation by editor Dan L. Flores. Flores offers a novel, sympathetic view of the Indian trader as a sometime instrument of Jeffersonian borderlands diplomacy, and he presents fresh data on the land and its inhabitants.

Landscape, photographs, historically important frontier maps, and contemporary paintings of the traders and the Indians, and their ways of life, further develop this tale of Anthony Glass, Indian trader.

Dan Flores is A. B. Hammond Professor of Western History at the University of Montana and the general editor of the Environmental History series at Texas A&M University Press. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Journal of an Indian Trader: Anthony Glass and the Texas Trading Frontier, 1790-1810, published by Texas A&M Press in 1985. Flores received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M and currently divides his time between Missoula, Montana, and Santa Fe.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Complemented by good maps and handsome illustrations, the book will be of special interest to Texas historians, but also should appeal to general readers interested in the American West." --Choice

"This study, in three parts--an introductory essay, the journal, and analytical notes--is a model for adventure memoir analysis and Editing." --The Chronicles of Oklahoma

"And, sitting in your comfortable chair reading the account, you get the feel of living in the woods, prairies and plains as they once Existed." --Shreveport-Bossier Times

"The journal is a fascinating running account of wilderness travel, negotiations with Indians, robberies by the Comanches and hunting adventures. It includes information on plants and animals, Indian culture and attitudes, geographical features and political relations of the natives with Spaniards and Americans. . . . fascinating reading and at the same time an important historical reference. It is superbly annotated, and the editor demonstrates a very perceptive understanding of the importance of Indian traders in promoting good Anglo-Indian relations. He also documents effectively the whole problem of Spanish-American relations on the vague borders of the provinces of New Mexico and Texas. This book deserves a place in every library concerned with the Indian trade and frontier History." --The Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly

"Flores proves that ethnohistory, environmental history, and the history of exploration may blend to form a palatable Mix." --Southwestern Historical Quarterly

" . . . a valuable addition to the historiography of the region . . . valuable and most Interesting." --Journal of the Early Republic

"The Glass journal is the first American eyewitness account of the southern Comanches and the Taoyaya-Wichitas whose villages were on the Red River. A notable contribution is Flores's comments about the ecology of the land that Glass visited (flora, relationships between fauna and the environment), too often lacking in edited travel journals. . . . Scholarly and heavily documented, the book enriches our knowledge of southern plains Indians and is a worthy contribution to the history of Texas and early Exploration." --Western Historical Quarterly

"Texas A&M Press has made important contributions to the historiography of the southwestern United States through its Southwestern Studies series. Dan L. Flores's study of frontier trade adds another useful volume to this collection. . . . Flores's work is a solid piece of research. It should be regarded as an important contribution to southwestern Studies." --Journal of Southern History

". . . a major contribution to the literature dealing with the early West and, in particular, with early Texas . . . a major addition to any collection dealing with the West or Texas." --East Texas Historical Association

"Copious annotations, maps, contemporary drawings and paintings, modern landscape photographs, bibliography, and an index enhance this rare account of early Anglo incursion onto the South Plains." --Arizona and the West


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