FIVE ROADS TO THE PACIFIC by Nita Lohnes Frazier

FIVE ROADS TO THE PACIFIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author closely follows the five exploratory teams which headed West between 1793 and 1811. Beginning with the Canadian fur trader, Mackenzie; going on to Lewis and Clark, Simon Fraser, David Thompson, and ending with the Astorians -- sponsored by John Jacob Astor --, the author describes in detail how each man (or group) overcame incredible difficulties and fears to reach an unseeable goal. Miss Frazier wisely relies on and quotes from appropriate journals; unfortunately she also attempts to convey facts by the use of unnatural dialogue weakening the account by detracting from the harsh realities. Nevertheless, interested history students may enjoy it while others may find the necessary repetition of routine and daily life monotonous.

Publisher: McKay