by Robert & Dona Holden. Softbound, 232 pages, 5" x 8". This book is the first comprehensive account of the ultimate wilderness archetypes, the hunting pioneer families in the deep woods.These hunting pioneers had a totally different perspective on the wilderness than did the farming pioneers who far outnumbered them. The hunting pioneers continually sought out remote forests where the game animals roamed; the farming pioneers followed behind, methodically destroying those wilds with their axes and plows. A dynamic force from the early 1700's to the mid 1800's, the hunting pioneers originated in the Delaware River colony of New Sweden. The Swede-Finns lived there in the forests where their way of life was greatly influenced by the local Indians. Over the years, these Swede-Finns were joined by a growing number of English, German, and Scotch-Irish immigrants who also adopted the hunting pioneer life-style. Together they led the advance through the backcountry of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, all the way to the edge of the treeless Great Plains. Often illiterate, the hunting pioneers left virtually no written records. Fortunately, foreign andtravelers recorded their impressions of these colorful backwoods people describing in detail their clothing, dwellings, and unique life-style. Excerpts from thirty of these eyewitness descriptions have been included in this work.