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Ross, Alexander,

1783–1856, Canadian fur trader and pioneer, b. Scotland. He went to Canada in 1805, taught school in Upper Canada, and in 1810 left for Oregon as a clerk in John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company. In the founding (1811) of Astoria, Ross played a part. When that fur-trading post was sold (1813) to the North West Company, he entered their employ and was a member of the expedition that established (1818) Fort Nez Percé (also called Fort Walla Walla); he was in charge of this post until 1823, two years after the amalgamation (1821) of the North West Company with Hudson's Bay Company. His account of these years on the Pacific slope is related in his Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River (1849, new ed. 1923) and The Fur-Hunters of the Far West (1855, new ed. 1956). He was head of an expedition (1823–24) in the Snake River country. In 1825 Ross settled in the Red River district; in Assiniboia he was sheriff and a member of the council. His Red River Settlement was published in 1856.
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From L to R: Suzanne Stern, Flat Iron Real Estate; Kathy Matson; Dominick Russo, Alexander Ross Realty
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Forging a Fur Empire: Expeditions in the Snake River Country 1809-1824 offers a fine account of Alexander Ross, a pioneer recorder of the early fur trade of the early 1800s, and provides a lively narrative based on his and other explorer source materials.
Alexander Ross, in "Fur Hunters of the Far West," dubbed him "Perpetual Motion" - sounds like the river itself - because of his tireless energy.
This book deals with the first expeditions that invaded the Snake River area under Donald McKenzie, Michael Bourdon, Finan McDonald, and Alexander Ross.
He bases his narrative on accounts written by Alexander Ross (who led a beaver trapping expedition in 1824, in what is now Idaho and Montana) and others, exploring cultural interactions as well as legal, institutional, and commercial behaviors.
Forging a Fur Empire: Expeditions in the Snake River Country, 1809-1824 is a thoughtful and scholarly study of early pioneer and fur trader Alexander Ross, who dared to venture into the then-untamed wilderness of the Pacific Northwest (Snake River country in what would eventually become present-day Idaho and Montana) on behalf of Hudson's Bay Company.
With: Tom McCaffrey, Amanda Salane, Gilles Decamps, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexander Ross Perry.
Internet piracy among women has always been a rarity but the popularity of e-books looks to have changed that," the Daily Express quoted Alexander Ross, a partner at Wiggin, as saying.
Alexander Ross, an 18-year-old war studies student, said young people felt they were being "punished" because of the economic situation.