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Astoria

John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Stark, Peter (Book - 2014 )
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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.
Authors: Stark, Peter, 1954-
Title: Astoria
John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's lost Pacific empire : a story of wealth, ambition, and survival
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xv, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The launch
The journey
Pacific Empire and war
Fate of the Astorians.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 60 71 109 118 122 133 138 148 149 151 152 173 182 198 210 211 216 226 228 243 244 245 250 274
ISBN: 0062218298
9780062218292
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Stark
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [316]-351) and index.
Subject Headings: Astoria (Or.) History. Northwest, Pacific History. West (U.S.) Discovery and exploration. Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848.
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This riveting history of early Northwest commercial activity is told from the point of view of a modern day business person. Any other perspective would have been less interesting because motive is what captures the tale.The clash of cultures which took place in this narrative is handled deftly. The men and woman portrayed are real life people and we feel for them as they struggle against the incredible landscape, the politics, and the human foibles that interrupted so many dreams. History is always so much more fun than fiction when told so well.

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