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James Beckwourth: Mountain Man, Explorer, Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians - http://blackthen.com/james-beckwourth-mountain-man-explorer-chief-of-the-crow-nation-of-indians/?utm_source=PN&utm_medium=BT+Pinterest&utm_campaign=SNAP%2Bfrom%2BBlack+Then

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Idealized illustration of "Pine Leaf", possibly identified with Woman Chief, from James Beckwourth's autobiography. Wikipedia/Public Domain

Many made contributions in their local communities and lived simple lives. One man that rose above those difficulties was James Beckwourth. Born on April 6, 1798 as a slave to a slave owner and a mulatto slave, he later became a mountain man and contemporary of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, was kidnapped by the Crow nation and became a prominent Indian chief, and discovered a pass over the Rocky Mountains. Although Beckwourth is not as recognized as his contemporaries.

James-Beckwourth- he trail blazed off the plantation and headed to the American West, into the Rocky Mountains, where he arrived as a fur trapper and, later, became an adopted member of the Crow Indians

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James Beckwourth had a life filled with adventure, drama, loss, and regret. Born to parents who were a black slave woman and her owner, Beckwourth was emancipated and headed out into the American West to make his fortune. Once there, Beckwourth met legendary mountain men, fought and was befriended by Native Americans, involved himself in warfare, and hunted buffalo.