"Runners of the woods" was an French-Canadian who traveled in New France and the interior of North. Early fur trade era this meant circumventing the normal channels by going deeper into the wilderness to trade. Later it involved trading without permission from the French authorities. They ventured into hostile Iroquois territory to trade various European items for furs, especially beaver pelts, and learned the trades and practices of the Native people who inhabited there.
"The Scots-Irish were well-prepared for establishing settlements on the American frontier. They had endured, for more than a century life in the harsh, rugged and, in parts, hostile countryside of the north of Ireland and by the time they reached America had survived wars, sieges, famines, drought and religious persecuation. They were a people certainly not deterred by the dangers they faced in their new environment, and most found the wide open spaces to their liking." - Billy Kennedy
The French and Indian war broke out in 1754 to 1763. The reason was of the fur trade and for land. The French, British, and Indians fought in this war. The important battles of the war were Fort necessity, Fort Duquesne, and Montreal. The war ended by Montreal giving up and the English won. The Treat of Paris was signed in 1763 to officially end the war.
Henry S. Yount was an American Civil War soldier, mountain man, professional hunter and trapper, prospector, wilderness guide and packer, seasonal employee of the United States Department of the Interior who was the first surveyor of animals in Yellowstone Park and is credited as the father of the national park ranger service.
"LONE TRAPPER" by Alfredo RodrIguez. A bearded, grizzled old mountain man is an invention of writers and popular culture. Most mountain men during the days of the Rocky Mt. Fur Trade, 1824-1849, were very young - between 19-23 years of age. About the oldest man in the mts during that period was David Jackson who was in his 40s. Only young men could withstand the hard year-round life in the mountains. However, I love the depiction and all of Alfredo's work.