Francis Parkman – U.S. Postage Stamp – Author of Oregon Trail, Conspiracy of Pontiac & 17 Volumes of Books

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He wrote 17 Volumes of Books the most famous was “The Oregon Trail” which was essentially a diary of his trip from Boston to St. Louis with his cousin Shaw and amongst the American Indians.


The movie Dances with Wolves is essentially a sequel to the book written in 1846, The Oregon Trail. Francis Parkman, at 23,  lives with the Ogallalla Indian tribe during their buffalo hunts. Mahto – Tatonka ( which means Bull – Bear, rather than Buffalo as portrayed in DwW). He witnesses the last era of the free roaming Indians amongst the open prairies in the Dakotas. He encounters mountain trappers, dragoon soldiers, emigrants & Mormons.

Keen observations and a graphic style characterize the author’s remarkable record of a vanishing frontier. Detailed accounts of the hardships experienced while traveling across mountains and prairies; vibrant portraits of emigrants and Western wildlife; and vivid descriptions of Indian life and culture. A classic of American frontier literature.

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The Conspiracy of Pontiac


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Parkman mentions the Miami Indians, Wabash River, LaFayette, Fort Wayne & Vincennes of Indiana.

Francis Parkman, America’s greatest narrative historian, immortal for The Oregon Trail (1849), devoted much of his career to writing about the struggle of France and England for domination in America. The Conspiracy of Pontiac is an account of the Indian wars that occurred on the Appalachian frontier, extending from western Virginia to what is now Wisconsin and Michigan, in 1763-65.
Parkman portrays the inflammatory situation that led up to and followed the French and Indian War. With France’s loss of its North American colonies in 1763, the English took possession of French posts, English traders swarmed into Indian areas, and Anglo-American settlers pushed westward into what is now western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The consequence was widespread conflict—usually known as Pontiac’s War, after the Ottawa leader.
Volume 1 begins with a discussion of Indian tribes east of the Mississippi River, with emphasis on the Iroquois and Algonquin families. Parkman expands to include the French and British in the New World and their inevitable collision. Chief Pontiac enters the picture after the surrender of Canada by the French at Montreal in 1760. Because the French had befriended the Indians, the latter soon felt discontent with the victorious English. Revolt was in the air, and Parkman describes Pontiac’s “conspiracy” in directing a siege against Detroit. Volume 2 shows the British forts and settlements in America under attack in 1763 by Pontiac’s coalition of tribes. Pontiac made peace with the English in 1765, and four years later came to a violent end.
Parkman mentions Fort Wayne, La Fayette, Miami Indians & Wabash River of Indiana.

From Library Journal

Originally published in 1851, this two-volume set offers Parkman’s history of the Indian wars on the Appalachian frontier following Britain’s takeover of French outposts in North America in the 1760s.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

The Conspiracy of Pontiac is an account of the Indian wars that occurred on the Appalachian frontier, extending from western Virgin to what is now Wisconsin and Michigan, in 1763-65.

About the Author

The Conspiracy of Pontiac, under the Bison Book imprint, carries an introduction by Michael N. McConnell, an associate professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of A Country Between: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its Peoples, 1724-1774 (Nebraska 1992).


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A life of Francis Parkman by Charles Haight Farnham – 426 pages DIGITIZED






This book starts with the first eight generations of his paternal & maternal genealogy. The it explores his letters, diaries, publications, education, travels, lifestyle, society, health & 17 volumes of books to discover who this Francis Parkman, Jr. was.

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2 Responses to “Francis Parkman – U.S. Postage Stamp – Author of Oregon Trail, Conspiracy of Pontiac & 17 Volumes of Books”

  1. Autumn Pillarelli Says:

    I have a francis Parkman postage stamp it’s starting to fall apart… But I wondered what year these where made, and how much one is worth now.

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