Travelers and traders taking the Santa Fe Trail's routes from Missouri to New Mexico wrote vivid eyewitness accounts of the diverse and abundant wildlife encountered as they crossed arid plains, high desert, and rugged mountains. Most astonishing to these observers were the incredible numbers of animals, many they had not seen before - buffalo, antelope (pronghorn), prairie dogs, roadrunners, mustangs, grizzlies, and others. They also wrote about the domesticated animals they brought with them, including oxen, mules, horses, and dogs. Their letters, diaries, and memoirs open a window onto an animal world on the plains seen by few people other than the Plains Indians who had lived there for thousands of years. Phyllis S. Morgan has gleaned accounts from numerous primary sources and assembled them into a delightfully informative narrative. She has also explored the lives of the various species, and in this book tells about their behaviors and characteristics, the social relations within and between species, their relationships with humans, and their contributions to the environment and humankind.
“Significant and finely crafted study of the animals and human-animal relationships on the historic Road to Santa Fe… It deserves a wide audience.” (Leo E. Oliva, author of Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail)
“Provides eyewitness accounts rich in colorful detail and fascinating anecdotes… a welcome addition to the literature on the historic trails of the Old West." (Deborah Lawrence, coauthor of Writing the Trails)
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I will listen to this book again and again.
It provided a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Santa Fe Trail and the animal inhabitants.
I was deeply touched by the suffering of the animals at the hands of mankind. I wish we had moved on from these days, but sadly humans don't seem to learn.
Being from the UK I had little knowledge of this area of the US and only a cursory knowledge of many of the animals mentioned. There is a wealth of information and I shall certainly be listening to the book again, and recommending it to others that have an interest in the wildlife of the US.
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