In this episode of History of the Saints we talk about the shaping of the great American West; the fur traders, mountain men, and explorers who first mapped and explored these valleys of the mountains. When the Latter-day Saints went west they were not the first and would not be the last. They did not blaze the trail. They were a part of a much larger story. In order to better understand the Mormon migration to the West we look first at those who came first. This episode features the scholarship of Jay Buckley and Fred Gowans.