of the situation was that neither party had a territorial claim to the
land. Under the Adams-Onis Treaty Mountain Green was part of Mexican
territory in 1825. Ogden might have argued that the British were not
involved in that treaty. Still, neither company had a license to trap in
Mexican territory. Gardner and Ogden, both ready to fight for
territorial claims to the land, were wrong from the beginning.
Yvette D. Ison
History Blazer, July 1995
David E. Miller, ed., "Peter Skene Ogden's Journal of His Expedition to
Utah, 1825," Utah Historical Quarterly 20 (1952); LeRoy R. Hafen, ed.,
The Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West 10 vols. (Glendale,
Calif.: A. H. Clark Co., 1965-72), vol. 4; Peter Skene Ogden's Snake
Country Journals, 1824-25 and 1825-26, ed. E. E. Rich (London: Hudson's
Bay Records Society, 1950); Jack B. Tykal, Etienne Provost: Man of the
Mountains (Liberty, Utah, 1989); Archie Binns, Peter Skene Ogden, Fur
Trader (Portland, Ore., 1967).