Outrageous Women of the American Frontier by Mary Rodd Furbee

By Mary Rodd Furbee

Brilliant actual tales of the main impressive ladies in American historyThey have been brave, creative pioneers, enduring and adventurous. They made exhausting trips, carved careers out of the barren region, defied conventions, and fought for his or her freedom. They have been neighborhood leaders, artists, and marketers. those Outrageous girls of the yankee Frontier boldly confronted the gritty realities of day-by-day life?everything from hunger to shootouts?and made their mark in history!Among the outrageous girls you?ll meet are:* Charlie Parkhurst?who disguised herself as a guy, drove a stagecoach for two decades, and was once most likely the 1st American lady to vote* Bridget "Biddy" Mason?a former slave who received her freedom within the 1850s and made sufficient funds to establish a number of houses for the homeless, ailing, and previous* Gertrudis Barcelo?Santa Fe?s "Gambling Queen" who saved her maiden identify, owned her personal on line casino, and helped the us win the Mexican-American warfare* Libbie Custer?wife of the well-known common and a skilled author who chronicled her frontier adventures in books that made her a filthy rich womanAlso to be had within the Outrageous ladies series...* Outrageous ladies of precedent days* Outrageous girls of Colonial the US* Outrageous girls of the center a while* Outrageous ladies of the Renaissance

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Property was at the heart of the next step taken by 42-year-old Juana in 1847. Because they were still legally married, her husband could sell the family land. To prevent that, Juana visited the chief lawman, the Catholic bishop. She asked for a legal, church-approved separation. She told the bishop, “My husband did not earn our money. I did. My husband does not support the family. ” Only legal recognition of Juana’s status as an independent woman would allow her to retain ownership of the the 1849 gold rush transformed san francisco from a sleepy village into a bustling city.

The neighbors owned 50,000 acres of prime land, bought from Señor Vaca, owner of a large Spanish grant. Señor Vaca also owned the land on which Luzena and her husband camped. Naturally, Luzena was eager to befriend the Spaniard, and did. Before long, the Wilsons had a legal deed to 700 acres—a nice piece in the Vaca Valley. Nothing, however, came easy on the frontier. The California land commissioners in San Francisco were reviewing, and often rejecting, Spanish people’s claims to land. The commission decided the Spaniard who had sold the property to the Wilsons had not legally owned it.

M. , the train snaked forward to the next camp. “I’ve never felt so healthy and happy my entire life,” Narcissa wrote. When the plains turned to peaks, some of the romance wore off. The zigzag roads upset the wagons, and river crossings threatened to drown horses, wagons, and people. But each day Narcissa grew more daring, and she had no regrets. “I would not go back for the world,” she wrote in her diary. “I am hungry and weary, yet contented and happy. ” Near the end of the journey, the Whitmans stopped to rest a while at a trading post on the Columbia River.

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