From reading two books, "The Wilderness Trail" and "The Wilderness Road," I was introduced to the group of tribes known as the Six Nations in 1750s America, in the Ohio river region. These two books convey a pretty good description of the whole fur trader business that existed at that time, with France and England competing to get the primary fur trade business with these Native American tribes. So I am into American history, primarily diaries and first-person accounts.----ok7brand11.
My personal history collection is mostly about events between the Mississippi River and the Continental Divide after 1690, so if you are interested in events (trading, exploration &c.) in this region I would suggest starting with Ettienne de Bourgmont's journals. I have his 1714 journal in my collection, but presently I can't find it online. I'm sure it is there someplace. Here's an account of his 1724 trek. www.nebraskastudies.org/0300/media/0303_0302bourgmont.pdf The American Journeys website has several primary source materials. www.americanjourneys.org/aj-093/summary/
I was in a hurry earlier and didn't realize de Bourgmont's 1714 journal (as translated) is available on the American Journeys website, but I just now found time to check it out and located it. Among other things, he describes which tribes are friendly and trade with the French. As he began ascending the river (page 13) he gives this description: "All of these tribes are almost all armed with guns and use them very skillfully." The Kanza or "Kaw" Indians (for whom our state was named) are briefly described on pages 15 & 16: "Higher up is found another river which flows into the Missouris, called the Ecanze River, on which there is a tribe of the same name, allies and friends of the French. Their trade is in Furs. . . They almost always hunt with bow and arrow. They have very fine horses and are very good horsemen." Here's the link. www.americanjourneys.org/pdf/AJ-093.pdf