Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier

Paperback - 2015
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Documents the 1810 to 1813 expedition, financed by millionaire John Jacob Astor and encouraged by Thomas Jefferson, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
Edition: First Ecco paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062218308
Characteristics: xxiii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm


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Jul 20, 2016

No clear-cut success and unembellished hero, but this book delivered more profound insights than any heroic adventures of American frontiersmen, valuable nowadays.
Regardless of history's consensus, or opinions from author and academics, Astor and Jefferson maybe visionaries ahead of their time, Hunt and Thorn maybe the best consequential leaders at the time, I hold esteem to: Duncan McDougal ("bad" guy or not), Donald MacKenzie (with intelligence and courage to challenge Astor's strategy/scheme), Marie Dorion (the only true hero!).
Compelling read on wild landscape and seascape, as well as various Indian tribes.
Oregon trail...and still vast wilderness there!


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