At the very edge of the American Frontier, a hunter stares down a grizzly bear. Protecting her cubs, she charges the man down and delivers a prolonged and savage mauling, leaving him fighting for his life. People familiar with The Revenant will remember this gory scene – but it also actually really happened.
Tales of heroism and survival during the Western expansion of America are plentiful. Few, however, can hold a candle to that of Hugh Glass. The hunter, who died in 1833, has become almost legendary. But how did he earn this accolade? To find out, let’s take a trip back to 1783.
Glass was born in 1783 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in an America that was less than ten years old. Aside from the fact that his parents were Irish immigrants, information about the future frontiersman’s adolescence is scant.