Among Comanches: The First-Hand Account of a Frontier Backwoodsman-- Illustrated

Among Comanches: The First-Hand Account of a Frontier Backwoodsman-- Illustrated

by C. F. Lascelles Wraxall

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This is not a politically-correct account of the intercourse between Native Americans and the frontiersman who cohabited their territory. It is a no nonsense eyewitness account of a man who spent his life on the edge of civilization. A man who could admire the beauty and wilderness around him one minute and find himself in a life-or-death struggle with a Comanche warrior who stepped out of nowhere.

If you are interested in real history, then this e-book is your fare, even if it is from the point of view of a European invader on the land of Native Americans.

I found it fascinating and couldn't put it down until I read the gripping 566-page account. It also included more than 14 original illustrations that are priceless!

Chet Dembeck
Publisher of One

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013100350
Publisher: Publisher of One and Last Reporter Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 123,187
File size: 4 MB

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Among Comanches: The First-Hand Account of a Frontier Backwoodsman-- Illustrated 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Trinacria More than 1 year ago
What was most interesting about this book was that it was an accounting or (very detailed) memoir of an early settler and frontiersman, a white man who had moved to Texas while it was still part of Mexico, but still virtually unpopulated. The writer, who with a few men built a homestead fort from which they would make hunting and trapping forays, appeared neither to be a latent farmer or rancher, but just a man living a full life in a glorious country, and fully comfortable in nature, albeit a life which involved killing lots of animals. The Indians come and go; most, actually, all, as described, are nomadic, as the Plains Indians tended to be, and apparently, of these, most did not see the writer and his fellows as true threats - not that they were not attacked form time to time. E.g., the Comanches, who became known as the most warlike and brutal of the Plains Indians a few decades later, were not quite as threatening to the writer as some other tribes during the period of this book, which I take to be in the 1820s and 1830s. Much of the account are phenomenally detailed descriptions of flora and fauna, and the habits of the various animals then common in the southwest. I have read quite a bit, but was not aware that jaguars and ocelots were in rough abundance this far north. The reader feels right in the middle of the desert and mountains (as the writer leaves for journeys to the north), and accompanies the writer in his quests for adventure and skins, but its the day-to-day efforts at survival, maintaining constant vigil, and obtaining food and water that stays with one the longest. A true and impressive study of the resourcefulness of the human character. One thing I found puzzling was that the writer does not describe his own background. I do not know if the author's name is a pseudonym; I believe it is. From various, but sparse, statements made throughout the book, it is clear that he is from Europe, or, possibly, Great Britain, but I would guess the continent more likely. Even the internet searches did not help with that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. If you like adventure & history you will enjoy reading this book.
cnaze More than 1 year ago
Very well done. The great detail puts you right in the midst of the story. For those who enjoy the adventure of the US 19th century-this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well writen and informative. Enjoyed it very much.
BettyF More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading it and am about halfway through.  I am enjoying it as frontier life, wild animals  and Native American culture is where my interest lie.   In reading other reviews, I take it that this took place somewhere from 1820 to 1850.  One of the reviewers claimed it was fiction, and I would like to know what that proclamation is based on as I honestly don't know. I At any rate, I rank this up there with the Lewis and Clark journals.
Tsunami767 More than 1 year ago
A really three-demensional look at life on the Plains in the mid 1850’s.  For me, this reading really put in touch with what the pioneers went thru for everyday living.  This author has written several other  length, in-depths look at frontier life.  Yet doing a Google search, I could find NO information about this rather unique author. NOTHING.  Did he even extist. NO biography on his whatsoever... mmmmm Anyone know anything about the man???  Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good example of the rape of the American West.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ylou can almost live the adventure
Anonymous 3 months ago
he tells a good story, you're. always wanting to know what is next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up trying to make sense of the geography and just took it at face value. It's got to be about 30% pure fiction. I suppose he could have seen jaguars, but Mescalero [Apache] cannibals? Alligators in a lake? And what was an illustration of elephants doing in this book about the pre-Civil War American West? There are clear erotic undertones in his highly detailed physical descriptions of both men and women. It's an odd book, that's for sure.
P7648 More than 1 year ago
I never finished this book. I found the author to be a butcher,shooting anything in sight including mothers with cubs. He shot game just for a few pieces of meat or hide and left the rest to rot. What a fine English sportsman. I understand that at the time as now people hunted to eat, but I expected more from a so called gentleman. P7648
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite a yarn...but by an Englishman who did not visit the east coast of the U. S., let alone live much of his adult life in the West. Alligators in the rivers of the West indeed; rivers in the wrong place; Comanches pleading for his friendship (yea, right); tigers known only to Asia or Africa.
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sammymyboy More than 1 year ago
The story never did hold my interest
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read the first half you've read it all
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be listed as pure fiction. It is historically inacurate and full of errors and downright lies. He can't even get the names of the indian tribes of the area correct. Boring blowhard braggert bs'er!