Jett B. Conner is a retired college professor and administrator at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is author of Captain Benjamin Bonneville’s Wyoming Expedition, the Lost 1833 Report, (History Press, 2021), and is a regular contributor to the online Journal of the American Revolution (JAR). Jett resides in Denver with his wife, Rosemary.
The first fur trader to take wagons over South Pass, Capt. Benjamin Bonneville, on leave from the U.S. Army in 1832, seems to have been seeking information about British activities in the far Northwest as much as he was seeking beaver pelts.