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James Beckwourth Black pioneer mountain man, fur trader and scout. Lived as a war leader with the crow . A pass between California and Nevada was named after Beckwourth. He carried the mail by horseback from Monterey to Southern California in 1847. He lived with several Native American tribes from 1826 to 1834. James P. Beckwourth, a rugged individualist, and a trail blazer, found a lower pass over the mountains that proved to be safer for emigrants than the Donner Trail. At a time when Marysville was just beginning to grow and people were needed to support the influx of gold seeking entrepreneurs, Beckwourth made a deal with the city fathers to bring in a wagon train of emigrants.
Marysville promised to cover his expenses and make it worth his while. As luck would have it, nearly the entire town burned down just before the group arrived and the City of Marysville had no reserves to satisfy the promised payment.
There is no record of Beckwourth ever having been paid for this accomplishment. At least not until 1995, when the councilmen of Marysville renamed the place near the end of the trail, at the conjunction of the Feather and Yuba Rivers in Marysville, Beckwourth Riverfront Park.
THIS IS A PART OF THE STORY OF AFRICAN IN THE OLD WEST
If we think of the AfricanCowboy in isolation as a product of slavery with no past
history and neglect to look back to a time on the continent of Africa when Black
Men and Women created the first civilization and built empires. then we would see
the young AfricanCowboys and Women of the Old West were just continuing the
traditions of their ancestors back on the continent, where they were some of the
best horse men and cattle breeders bar non. For more information on other Black Cowboys check out "the Adventures of the
Negro Cowboys", By Philip Duram and Everett L.Jones
and "The Black West", By William Loren Katz
African History is World History. World History is your History.
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