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In 1822, ahead of Jedediah Smith entered the West, it used to be mostly an unknown land, “a wilderness,” he wrote, “of thousand miles diameter.” in the course of his 9 years as a trapper for Ashley and Henry and later for the Rocky Mountain Fur corporation, “the light and Christian younger man” blazed the path westward via South move; he used to be the 1st to head from the Missouri overland to California, the 1st to go the size of Utah and the width of Nevada, first to trip via wind up via California and Oregon, first to go the Sierra Nevada. ahead of his loss of life at the Santa Fe path by the hands of the Comanches, Jed Smith and his companions had drawn the map of the west on a beaver epidermis.

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The New York printers were a case in point. In November 1778, the journeymen demanded—and received—an increase in pay under circumstances that have a very modern flavor, except for the courtesy with which the printers voiced their demands. “As the necessaries of life are raised to such an enormous price,” read the journeymen’s protest as it appeared in the Royal Gazette, “it cannot be expected that we should continue to work at the wages now given; and therefore request an addition of Three Dollars per week to our present small pittance; it may be objected that this requisition is founded upon the result of a combination to distress the Master Printers at this time, on account of the scarcity of hands; but this is far from being the case; it really being the high price of every article of life, added to the approaching dreary season.

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