his excellent 1984 volume on the Freeman-Custis Red River expedition
of 18o6, and traces on three maps Glass's route to and from the Indian
Flores's aim in presenting Glass's journal in complete, polished form
is to give early American traders in Texas greater historical attention
and to portray them more favorably. He places them within the mural
of expanding American interests into the Southwest between 1790 and
1810, dealing carefully with the controversy over the influence of
traders on Indian culture. He followed the procedure set by Herbert
Eugene Bolton, historian of the borderlands, by actually tracking the
Glass party across the land. Flores also photographed landforms men-
tioned by Glass and includes six of those photographs in the book.
Once again, as in editing the Freeman-Custis materials, Flores proves
that ethnohistory, environmental history, and the history of explora-
tion may blend to form a palatable mix.
University of Texas at Austin JOHN E. SUNDER
Karl Bodmer's America. Edited by David Hunt et al. (Omaha: Joslyn Art
Museum and University of Nebraska Press, 1984. Pp. xi+375.
Foreword, preface, introduction, color plates, bibliography. $65.)
In 1832 the obscure Swiss artist, Karl Bodmer, accompanied the Ger-
man scientist/explorer Prince Maximilian of Wied on a two-year expe-
dition to North America. Their travels would take them deep into the
upper reaches of the Missouri River, some 3,000 miles from St. Louis,
into an area which at the time was well-known only to the often hostile
Indians who lived there and the adventurous trappers and fur-company
representatives who traded with them. During the journey, Bodmer
produced nearly four hundred remarkable sketches and watercolors
documenting virtually every aspect of his and Prince Maximilian's expe-
riences in the New World. Upon their return to Europe, Bodmer and
the prince published as aquatints eighty-one of these cityscapes, land-
scapes, Indian portraits, and studies of native life and natural history in
a pictorial atlas which accompanied Maximilian's written account of his
journey. The originals of the nineteenth-century aquatints, as well as
the other sketches and watercolors, remained virtually unknown until
the publication of this volume. Karl Bodmer's America is a joint project of
the Internorth Corporation, which acquired Bodmer's works, Prince
Maximilian's diaries, and other artifacts after World War II, the Joslyn
Museum in Omaha, at which the Bodmer/Maximilian collection is on
permanent loan, and the University of Nebraska Press.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117152/. Accessed December 26, 2014.