Yeah, I finally decided to go through those and get ‘em cleaned up.
Here’s what they look like now:
I suppose the 1700s aren’t really a decade, but the truth is that nothing much was going on in Montana at that time.
Or was there?
- We know that in April 1794 Joseph Garreau reached the Arikara Indian villages on the Upper Missouri and sends his man Loison further upriver to the Hidatsa.
- On June 7 of that year Jean Baptiste Truteau left St. Louis and reached the Teton Sioux in today’s South Dakota where he winters with them.
- The North West Company controlled 93% of the Canada trade at that time. The population of St. Louis was 1,200.
That’s just a little of what happened in one year on the Upper Missouri.
When it comes to that period, when the Louisiana Purchase hadn’t even been made yet and that was all uncharted territory, you can’t really use “Montana.”
That’s the Upper Missouri country, Indian country, or whatever else you want to call the wilderness.
Anyways, we’ll probably have more posts discussing this stuff soon. Many of those decades are a bit thin.
Here’s how many posts each decade currently has:
- 1700s: 12
- 1800s: 10
- 1810s: 1
- 1830s: 5
- 1840s: 10
- 1850s: 7
- 1860s: 12
- 1870s: 5
- 1880s: 3
- 1890s: 5
- 1900s: 3
- 1910s: 9
- 1920s: 9
- 1930s: 5
- 1940s: 4
- 1950s: 6
- 1960s: 6
- 1970s: 3
- 1980s: 3
- 1990s: 4
I have to say, some of those have overlapping posts. Mountain man Jim Bridger, for instance, appears in the 1820s, 1830s, 1840s, 1850s and again in the 1860s.
Yeah, he really got around.
The 1700s is also a century, though we might slice of a few decades here and there, likely starting with the 1790s (the 1730s and 1740s were also an active time).
What I’m trying to do is make this blog a useful historical resource for researchers, students, and just those interested about Montana history.
I get a lot of visitors to old articles, just people wandering in off of Google because of something they typed in.
There’s a lot of interest in Montana history, though not that much in buying it.
My Montana books don’t do that well, or at least my non-fiction. The novels do very well.
That’s why I’m writing more, and that’s why I started organizing this blog. I need to get things straight, and I’ve been doing a lot of work besides this.
What I’m getting at is this big fur trapping timeline I’m working on. It’s currently 40 pages or so and dwarves anything else I’ve seen, including the very short timeline DeVoto put together in the 50s.
I’ll include it in the second edition of Tribes and Trappers.
Oh, didn’t I tell you?
I’m updating that book with about 100 new pages. I just didn’t profile the 1810s through the 1830s enough. I know a lot more now, and readers will get that.
The book won’t go up in price, and perhaps I’ll even lower it a dollar. I’ll have the new edition ready for the Christmas buying season.
- Economic Chaos
- Foreign Policy
- Natural Resources
- University System
That’s really the meat and potatoes of our Montana Political topics.
Besides that, we have some far-reaching posts that appeal to people all over the world. Those categories include:
I encourage you the check them all out, share your favorites on social media, and get the word out that Montana is a great place to come and spend money.
Well, that’s about it. I hope you’ll discover a bit more about Montana’s rich history. Thanks for reading!