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The American West through British Eyes, 1865 - 1900: Part 7

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For British sportsmen, the American West offered unrivalled hunting opportunities. Without exception, their reports describe the abundance of large game, in particular buffaloes, bears, cougars and deer. Many of these Britons visited the West specifically to hunt, and they would join organised parties which often lasted for more than one month. Others participated in shorter trips which formed part of their more general tour.

'The Noble Sport'

F. Trench Townshend visited the United States in 1868 to participate in 'the noble sport of buffalo hunting… in the magnificent hunting grounds of the Far West.' He crossed the plains of Kansas and Nebraska with 'a hunting and Indian scouting party', whose members included Army personnel and friendly Pawnee Indians. This opportunity enabled him to comment upon both the relations between Native Americans and the Army, and the life of the American soldier in the military outposts, as well as to describe the hunting opportunities in this region of the American West.

The Noble Sport (7kb)

F. Trench Townshend, Ten Thousand Miles of Travel, Sport, and Adventure.
London, 1869. (10412.g.23)
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Sporting Trophies

Sporting Trophies (5KB)

W.A. Baillie-Grohman, Fifteen Years' Sport and Life in the Hunting Grounds of Western America and British Columbia. London, 1900. (07905.l.15)
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William Adolph Baillie-Grohman hunted extensively in the northwestern United States and Canada, and his writings are considered to be among the best of the British sportsmen who travelled there. He wrote knowledgeably not only about the hunting grounds of North America, but also about the trophies of fellow hunters. This photograph is of the largest moose antlers on record, shot in 1897 in the Yukon Basin, Alaska. They measured seventy-eight and a half inches and had forty three points.


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