Jedediah smith was born in jericho, new york, on january 6, 1799 smith was raised by a devout methodist family, and these teachings would stay with him his whole life, making him a rather atypical mountain man. Jedediah strong smith explored many regions of the state in the 1820s one man's dream of empire sutter's fort was the end of the california trail destination. John colter accompanied lewis and clark on their expedition, 1804-1806 colter then traveled the mountain wilderness alone for months, being considered the first mountain man in 1807, colter became the first person of european descent to see the teton mountain range and traverse the.
This undated artist's rendering depicts mountain man and trailblazer jedediah strong smith, explorer, businessman, and diplomat to the native american tribes living in the unexplored american west. Jedediah smith, in full jedediah strong smith, (born january 6, 1799, bainbridge, new york, us—died may 27, 1831, near the cimarron river), trader and explorer who was the first american to enter california from the east and return from it using an overland route. The southwest expedition of jedediah s smith: his personal account of his journey to california 1826-1827 (1989) leroy r hafen and harvey l carter, eds, mountain men and the fur traders of the far west (1982) dale l morgan, jedediah smith and the opening of the west (1964) dale l morgan, ed.
Mountain man, jedediah smith, paving the way west for other american settlers from the history channel video series - america story of us. Established in 1929, the park is named after the intrepid explorer, jedediah strong smith, who was the first non-native man to explore the interior of northern california in 1826. Jedediah smith jedediah s smith jedediah s smith was a trailblazer, brigade leader, and partner in two fur-trading companies whose travels took him throughout utah and the west born in 1799, he was the first american after the astorians to cross west over the continental divide, rediscovering south pass the first to cross overland to california, and in so doing journey the length of utah. Mountain man jedediah smith was the first american to explore california's sierra nevada mountains and the first to open a trade route from california to fort vancouver on the columbia river he also rediscovered the south pass in the rocky mountains.
Jedediah smith was born in new york in 1798 and would become the most extensively traveled mountain man in the unknown western territory during his short life in 1822, in answer to an ad in the missouri gazette, he became a fur trader in the rocky mountains. Jedediah smith was known to carry two books, the bible and a copy of lewis & clark's expedition he never drank, never used tobacco, and never boasted jedediah smith wrote in his journal. For centuries the washoe and paiute tribes wandered the valleys and slopes of the sierra nevada range, but it was not until 1826 that this area saw its first white man, legendary mountain man jedediah smith. Jedediah smith was the first white man to make a full-length passage through the san joaquin and sacramento valleys, and one of his east-bound return trips is the first recorded passage over the main wall of the sierra nevada mountains. Of jedediah smith it was stated, jedediah smith, the bible carrying mountain man and fur trapper, explored and mapped most of the far west in the 1820s, from colorado and wyoming to utah, california and oregon.
Instead, smith led his men north, bushwhacking through the great coastal forests to the california-oregon borderlands in may 1827, smith established a camp near the stanislaus river, in the vicinity of present-day modesto. 74 mountain man jedediah smith bear attack - the legend that is hugh glass, jedediah smiths party crossing burning mojave desert during 1826 trek to california by frederic remington 47 mountain men smith attacked a grizzly, 10 most badass of all time. Jedediah smith's party crossed the burning mojave desert during the mountain man's 1826 and 1827 treks to california, a journey illustrated by frederic remington for collier's weekly in 1906. Jedediah strong smith was born in new york in 1799 his new england ancestors came to america in 1634 growing up smith's close family friend, a pioneer physician, mentored his love of nature and adventure.
It was during the mexican period that the first americans began visiting this area in 1827, jedediah strong smith, referred to as mountain man smith, entered the san joaquin valley. Jedediah smith and men in the mojave desert in 1826 (as imaginatively painted, ca 1905 by frederic remington) they followed the mohave indian trail from soda lake to the san bernardino mountains before tromping down into the wide san bernardino valley. Jedediah smith was a young, religious, mountain man traveling more miles of unexplored territory than any other single mountain man he is credited with being the first american to travel overland to california through the southwest and the mojave.