TRAPPERS AND TRADERS OF THE FAR WEST by James Daugherty
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TRAPPERS AND TRADERS OF THE FAR WEST

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The Astorians, the company of men who went out in 1810 under the financial direction of John Jacob Astor to form a new kind of empire, have a dramatic history, cultivated to its fullest here by an excellent historian. Setting the stage swiftly, colorfully and with a sense of the pertinence of events that leads straight to the point, Daugherty livens the tragic, round-the-Horn journey of the Tonquin and the first attempt to establish a post on the Columbia River. The subsequent overland expedition led by Wilson Price Hunt, its important attempts at negotiating with Manuel Lisa and the Missouri Fur Company, its following of the Snake River, the eventual founding of Astoria and its treachery-ridden capture by the British Northwest Company in 1812, is charged with the thrill of historical guesswork that leaves the mind wondering as to the present extent of American territory had Astoria not been betrayed to the British. Here is exciting reporting with a sharp historical perspective.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1952
Publisher: Random House