The Resource Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico : the travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard, edited by Joy L. Poole

Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico : the travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard, edited by Joy L. Poole

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Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico : the travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard
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Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico
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the travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard
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edited by Joy L. Poole
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Travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard
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  • "Dr. Rowland Willard traveled from St. Charles, Missouri, to Taos, New Mexico, in 1825, where he spent three months before moving on to Chihuahua, Mexico, where he practiced medicine for three years before returning to the United States. He kept trail diaries for his travels and later wrote an autobiography based on his recollections and diaries. Dr. Willard thus became only the third traveler to keep an account of traveling the Santa Fe Trail from its inception in 1821 and the first medical doctor to do so. His accounts, now in the rare book and manuscript collections of the Beinecke Library at Yale, are also some of the earliest of an American in Mexico. Poole has transcribed, edited, annotated, and introduced the material in a single volume"--
  • "One of the first Anglo-Americans to record their travels to New Mexico, Dr. Rowland Willard (1794-1884) journeyed west on the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and then down the Camino Real into Mexico, taking notes along the way. This edition of the young physician's travel diaries and subsequent autobiography, annotated by New Mexico Deputy State Librarian Joy L. Poole, is a rich historical source on the two trails and the practice of medicine in the 1820s. Few Americans knew much about New Mexico when Willard set out on his journey from St. Charles, Missouri, where he had recently completed a medical apprenticeship. The growing commerce with the Southwest presented opportunities for the ambitious doctor. He visited Santa Fe, practiced medicine in Taos, then traveled south to Chihuahua, arriving during a measles epidemic. Willard treated patients in Mexico for two years before returning to Missouri in 1828. Willard's narrative challenges long-accepted assumptions about the exact routes taken by pack trains on the Santa Fe Trail. It also provides thrilling glimpses of a landscape densely populated with wildlife. The doctor describes 'a great theater of nature, ' with droves of elk and buffalo, and 'wolf and antelope skipping in every direction.' With his traveling companions he hunted buffalo by crawling after them on all fours, afterward making jerky out of bison meat and boats out of their hides. Willard also details his medical practice, offering a revealing view of physicians' operating practices in a time when sanitation and anesthesia were rare. The Santa Fe Trail and Camino Real took Willard on the journey of a lifetime. This account recalls the early days of the Santa Fe Trail trade and westward American migration, when a doctor from Missouri could cross paths with mountain men, traders, Mexican clergymen, and government officials on their way to new opportunities"--
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contains biographical information
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917.89
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index present
LC call number
F786
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.W74 2015
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non fiction
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bibliography
Series statement
The American trails series
Series volume
25
Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico : the travel diaries and autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard, edited by Joy L. Poole
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-255) and index
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24 cm.
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279 pages
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9780870624391
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2015016158
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illustrations
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