A New Novel about the Pioneers of Early America
Fur trapping and trading was the first big business in America. Trappers tramped all across the American wilderness in search of beavers to trap for their thick, lush pelts, and traders followed them upstream, offering them and the Native Americans they encountered goods and supplies in exchange for furs. These men set up trading posts, and those posts often became the heart of a new settlement. In this way, the traders were integral to the expansion of early America, and it is hard to imagine how much different the country would be without their influence.
Royal Fireworks Press has published a novel to tell the stories of some of these early pioneers: Pioneer Traders. This novel is part of the growing series of books in our Adventures on the American Frontier collection, which explores some of the lesser-known people who helped to shape the United States into the country that we know today. The fact that most of the figures highlighted in these books are names not frequently encountered in standard history texts is part of what makes this collection significant. However, a few noteworthy names also appear from time to time, and when they do, it’s to tell stories that we don’t often hear. In Pioneer Traders, for example, children will read about Abraham Lincoln, best known as the 16th president of the United States but far less known as a talented young trader whose trading journeys put him face to face with the slave trade—an event that helped to formulate Lincoln’s views on what he wanted to do with his life. And we all know that it wasn’t to become a famous trader.
Be sure not to miss the other books in the Adventures on the American Frontier collection. Each one tells a valuable piece of the story of the history of America. These novels are also available as series of books that are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font and that contain audio of the stories being narrated so that kids who struggle with reading can follow along. In this way, all children can have access to these fun and interesting stories from American history.