As the old western frontier was being explored and mountain men made their way into Native American lands and strongholds, they brought with them instruments of technology that to the Indians must have seemed like dreamlike miracles. Certainly the “spyglass” (a name that was derived from the original design and concept of the Dutch Spyglass in 1609) was one of these instruments. As these trappers and Indians exchange trade talk, whiskey and cross cultural banter, one can easily imagine the surprise and excitement each native felt as he took his turn with this strange new tube that enlarged all things on a distant horizon. - C. Michael Dudash
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