Zenas Leonard left for the Rocky Mountains in the spring of 1831 in the employ of a fur trapping company. There, he trapped beaver and traded with the Indians for four years before returning to the United States. Soon after his return, he published a narrative, describing his experiences as a mountain man. This narrative is of considerable historical importance, as it is a first-hand account of very significant events in the fur trade, written from the point of view of an ordinary trapper who witnessed them.
Zenas Leonard's Narrative was first published in 1839, and is in the Public Domain.
Author: Leonard, Zenas, 1809-1857. Title: Narrative of the adventures of Zenas Leonard, a native of Clearfield county, Pa., who spent five years in trapping for furs, trading with the Indians, &c., &c., of the Rocky mountains; written by himself. Published: Clearfield, Pa. D. W. Moore, 1839 Author: Leonard, Zenas, 1809-1858. Title: Leonard's narrative; adventure of Zenas Leonard, fur trader and trapper, 1831-1836; reprinted from the rare original of 1839; ed. by W. F. Wagner. Published: Cleveland, The Burrows Brothers, 1904. Author: Leonard, Zenas, 1809-1858. Title Narrative of the adventures of Zenas Leonard / written by himself ; edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Published: Chicago : The Lakeside Press ; R.R. Donelley & sons co., 1934. Indexed Series: Lakeside classics ; no. 32. Author: Leonard, Zenas, 1809-1857. Title: Adventures of Zenas Leonard, fur trader. Edited by John C. Ewers. Published: Norman University of Oklahoma Press <1959> Author: Leonard, Zenas, 1809-1857. Title: Narrative of the adventures of Zenas Leonard / written by himself ; edited by Milo Milton Quaife. Published: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1978.