self-imagined superiority so common among the petty nobility of
Germany, prejudicing to some degree his outlook on America. Still,
his account has many good points. Among these is a rare description
of the Alabama and Coushatta Indians of the Big Thicket in 1838,
a time when few travelers passed their way. Also interesting is von
Wrede's account of Anglo-Texan refugees fleeing the Nacogdoches
area in 1836.
Chester Geue, already known for a previous contribution to our
knowledge of the Texas Germans, has provided a valuable service
by producing this English version of von Wrede's book. The trans-
lation is smooth and accurate, obviously the work of one who knows
the German language well. Moreover, Geue did a splendid job of
footnoting and included an adequate index. Errors are rare and minor,
as for example the use of Bevay instead of Vevay (page 77) for the
name of the Swiss colony in Indiana (an error attributable to the
similarity of capital "B" and "V" in Gothic type). On the same page,
Geue failed to recognize Bourgogne as the French spelling for the
province of Burgundy. All in all, however, this is a fine and valuable
piece of work.
North Texas State University TERRY G. JORDAN
The Taos Trappers: The Fur Trade in the Far Southwest, 1540-
1846. By David Weber. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,
1971. Pp. xiii+263. Illustrations, footnotes, bibliography, index.
Appropriately timed to coincide with the sesquicentennial of the
opening of the Santa Fe Trail, The Taos Trappers is a welcome ad-
dition to a growing body of historical literature on the economic
development of the early Trans-Mississippi West. Although the role
of the fur trapper in the Southwest has been traced in earlier mono-
graphic studies, Weber has performed a valuable service by produc-
ing a readable and thought-evoking synthesis.
In a crisp, concise, no-nonsense style Weber traces chronologically
the evolution of the fur trade in the Southwest during the Spanish,
Mexican, and American eras. He describes how, while steadily push-
ing outward from their home base in the Sangre de Cristos Moun-
tains, the Taos trappers extended their field of operations northward
into the central Rockies and westward into California. In the process
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed December 11, 2013.