The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 386

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The Road to Disappearance is an ambitious undertaking in
that it tells in one volume "the full Creek story from its an-
thropological beginnings to the loss by the tribe of its inde-
pendent political identity." Perhaps no Writer other than the
author of The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic should
have attempted it. An otherwise good narrative is unfortunately
marred at points by ambiguous construction.
The value of the book is enhanced by four maps, three of
which show Creek lands at various stages in the development
of their tribal history, and one from Frank G. Speck's "The
Creek Indians of the Taskigi Town," showing the towns of the
Creek Nation after their political rebuilding following the Civil
War. The index is adequate and the proofreading, on the
whole, carefully done. The bibliography, which lists several
collections, is not annotated, but the text and footnotes show
its value by actual use.
Edinburg Junior College.
Henry de Tonty: Fur Trader of the Mississippi. By Edmund
Robert Murphy.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1941. Pp. xix, 129. Illus-
trations. $2.00.
From the introduction we learn that Henry de Tonty was a
many-sided man-"a soldier, an explorer, historian, and-mod-
estly, of course-a linguist, scout and guide, diplomat, Indian
leader and fighter. He was a notable publicist and pioneer of
the Mississippi Valley. Not least of all, he was a fur trader and
business man." He was well known to many important French-
men of the late seventeenth century-"La Salle, Hennepin,
Denonville, Frontenac, La Forest, Le Sueur, Joutel, Iberville,
Bienville, to mention only a few."
The story about Tonty is divided into ten chapters. The
first-on Tonty's early life-is one of two long chapters;
the ninth chapter, entitled "Royal Invasion of Tonty's Fur
Trading Domain," is the other. The second chapter lays the
beginnings of Tonty's American career with his departure for
America at the age of twenty-eight; he remained in New France
until his death in 1704. Other chapters deal with Tonty's Indian
and Canadian competitors, his work at Fort Saint Louis on the


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