RED RIVER RUNS NORTH by Vera Kelsey
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RED RIVER RUNS NORTH

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This might well serve as a model for regional books -- and it makes absorbing reading whether or not the reader has any association with or affection for the area included under the Red River congomen, -- northwestern Minnesota, the Dakotas, Manitoba Province in Canada. Through the pages one can envision a panorama of a young country reaching westward: -- the fur trade, -- a vast drama in itself; abortive attempts at settlement on remote frontiers, attempts stemming out of France, out of England, out of the young United States, attempts inspired by word of mouth publicity regarding riches to be had in the forests and the soil; shifting problems of mixed nationalities and conflicting claims of the area as Canadian or part of the United States; violence and Indian wars, homesteading and the bonanza farms; trade by Red River carts; empire builders' determination to span the district by river boats, by rail; mushrooming towns -- all in all a microcosm of the expanding west. There's a bit of everything, -- history, biography, adventure - fascinating real western material for the addicts.

Publisher: Harper