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.