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Five Scalps: The Life of Edward Rose

The exciting true story about an early American adventurer - part African American, part Cherokee and part White - who was a warrior, scout, and interpreter who lived an exciting life on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

This book tells the true story of a wild adventurer named Edward Rose, who lived in the American frontier during the early 1800s. Rose started out in Louisville and New Orleans before he traveled up the Mississippi and into a new life living with the Crow and Arikara. The natives started calling him Five Scalps after a fierce battle in which he took five scalps. While he lived with the Crow, Five Scalps helped tutor Pine Leaf, who became Woman War Chief.

Edward Rose worked for trading and expedition companies as trader, guide and interpreter. The French, British and Americans called him "Rose." Ed Rose trapped and hunted alongside several famous mountain men, including Jim Bridger, Bill Williams, Jim Beckwith and Hugh Glass.

According to a lieutenant who worked beside him on the Missouri River Expedition, Rose had several deep scars on his face, including the loss of part of his nose. This same lieutenant described Rose as strong, athletic and fearless, a man who demonstrated untiring perseverance.



Five Scalps - African American, Native American, Crow warrior

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