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Peter Skene Ogden, ( 1790 –1854) was a fur trader and a Canadian explorer of what is now British Columbia and the American West. During his many expeditions he explored parts of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming andMorePeter Skene Ogden, ( 1790 –1854) was a fur trader and a Canadian explorer of what is now British Columbia and the American West. During his many expeditions he explored parts of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming and despite early confrontations with the Hudson Bay Company during his time with the North West Company, later became a senior official in the operations of the HBCs Columbia Department, serving as first Chief Trader of Fort Simpson and similar posts.Here is the first full-scale biography of Peter Skene Ogden -- trader, trapper, explorer, diplomat, and a Chief Factor of the Hudsons Boy Company at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia. This story takes place during the hectic days of the Oregon boundary settlement. In 1824, the Hudson’s Bay Company directed Ogden to decimate the furbearing animal population of the Snake River country, thus marking the region a “fur desert.” With this mandate, Great Britain hoped to neutralize any interest American furtrappers could have in the area. Such a mandate set British and American fur men on a collision course, but Ogden and his American counterparts implicitly followed a kind of law and procedure and observed a mutual sense of property and rights even as the two sides vied for control of the fur trade.This book published in 1910 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.