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A Way Through The Wilderness

Merchants, bankers, planters, soldiers, Kaintucks and gamblers, all were tied in one way or another to that enchanting, storied, and oft-mysterious highway of the American Frontier: the Natchez Trace.

Beginning life as a shadowy Indian trail, the road became the means by which almost everything made its way to the Old Southwest as European and American explorers arrived.

From the pioneers journeying south after the Revolutionary War through to the 1830s, Davis uses the Natchez Trace to weave a history of life in the Old Southwest.

The danger and adversity faced on the Natchez Trace shaped the communities as much as the education, religion and enlightenment that radiated from it.

In A Way Through the Wilderness, William C. Davis uses the everyday experiences and daily struggles travellers and settlers to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the Old South West and those who inhabited it..

Praise for A Way Through the Wilderness

“This is lively history, replete with colorful characters … Davis leaves no doubt that the Southern Frontier was just as wild as the Wild West.” – Publishers Weekly


Pioneering Press is a western imprint of Endeavour Press – the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We publish new and classic western by authors from the US and the UK.

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