Whatempirical data, concrete facts, or hard evidence can you glean fromFremont`s Report regarding his expedition, the country explored, orthe people encountered?
JohnCharles Fremont is widely known for his activities during his time.He actively participated in explorations, politics, and business andalso as a soldier. During his expeditions, he wrote reportsconcerning the findings and observations as well as the events thattook place. Based on his reports, the expeditions were not an easytask. Not only did they encounter fatigue, hunger, and thirst, butalso met with wild animals and fierce Indians whom they had toengage. His work of mapping out the region required maximum input. Atthe end of the expedition, it is clear that the activity was asuccess [ CITATION Den11 l 1033 ].Based on his descriptions, the land there was inviting and vast. Inhis opinion, it was a beautiful place for potential settlers. Thepeople he encountered during the exploration were Native Americans,and there was always the possibility of an attack.
Whatinferences can you draw or make from those data or facts? In otherwords, what conclusions does the preponderance of data or evidenceallow you to make about the expedition, the country, or the peoplethat the Report does not explicitly state?
Apparently,the mission here was to generate a map with possible coordinates. Thereport as such gives an account of the day to day events withoutdelving deep into the settlers who were already present. By observingthe report, it is clear that war between the Native Americans andFremont’s team was imminent. This is supported by the fact thatwhen a scout announced the presence of Indians, the expedition grouparmed themselves ready for battle [ CITATION Den11 l 1033 ].Secondly, although Fremont closing remarks portray the lands ashabitable and safe, the reality is thatnot the whole of the country was good enough for settling. Some areaswere dry with thorns and thistles and in some places, rivers wereswollen increasing the risk of flooding.
Whatdo you suspect Fremont omits from his report about the expedition,country, or people? Writers consciously make choices about what theyinclude or exclude from their papers, reports, histories, etc.
Thereare various things and pieces of information that Fremont might haveomitted for instance the attacks he made on some of the settlers maynot have been mentioned. Also, some of the negative characteristicsof that particular country were not described to avoid discouragingothers from settling. His aim was to persuade his countrymen to havean interest in the same way he had. As such, the report must havebeen more inclined towards the positive side of the expedition andnot on the negative ones.
Whatquestions regarding the journey, country, or people does the reportleave you with? What more do you want to learn or know?
Thereport raises much interest concerning the methods that Fremont usedto find his way all over the new country. His interaction andcommunication with the natives. The report dwells more on thepathfinding party and the physical features rather than the originalsettlers, trade, culture and their respective economic activities. Assuch, one would like to find out more about the culture and practicesof the Native Americans, their community structure and way of life.Furthermore, the ability of the land to produce a harvest throughfarming or livestock rearing is something that could have beenexpounded. Other sources of food such as rivers and lakes for fishingwere not adequately described leading one to question whether Fremonttook his time to analyze the content of the water bodies.
Whatkinds of primary sources (letters, diaries, newspapers, etc.) wouldyou try to consult in your search to answer those questions?
Inmost instances, historical events are well presented and much moreaccurate when obtained from the most original sources. Some of thesefoundations include reports and personal diaries. Also, originalphotographs and drawings can be very informative. In some instances,autobiographies and memoirs can be useful since the authors writeabout themselves. Newspapers obtained from first-hand reports areexcellent primary sources of historical events. Letters and journalshave the ability to give more insight especially about events thatoccurred to a particular individual in the past.
Denton, S. (2011). Frémont Steals California. American Heritage, 1-5.