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Explorers, Missionaries, and Trappers:
Trailblazers of the West
Kieran Doherty ©2000

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  • 176 pages
  • More than 80 black-and-white photos, maps, and illustrations
  • Reinforced library binding
  • 7" x 9"
  • Timeline
  • Source notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Grades 7 and up
  • ISBN: 978-1-881508-52-6
  • $22.95







“Using primary sources, [Doherty] profiles Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador; Eusebio Kino and Junípero Serra, Spanish priests; as well as John Sutter, John McLoughlin, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Peter De Smet, and Brigham Young. . . . The treatment of the trailblazers is very balanced, with discussions of each person’s strengths and weaknesses as well as explanations of how their settlements affected Native populations. . . . It gives readers a clear perspective on the differing motives for white settlement and will be an excellent report source.”
School Library Journal