from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who tramps through the bush or wilderness; a peddler: as, “a romantic young bushloper” (of the earlier period of the Dutch occupation of New York).
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"bushloper," as such a man was called in the still earlier Dutch period, consisted mainly of a sort of cloth suited to Indian wants.
Brule figured prominently among a group of Frenchmen called coureur de bois, that is, runner of the woods or bushloper.
The romantic young bushloper, eager to accumulate money enough to marry the maiden he had selected, disappeared long ago from the water courses of northern New