Astoria: Astor And Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale Of Ambition And Survival On The Early American Frontier
  • Astoria: Astor And Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale Of Ambition And Survival On The Early American Frontier
  • Astoria: Astor And Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale Of Ambition And Survival On The Early American Frontier
  • Astoria: Astor And Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale Of Ambition And Survival On The Early American Frontier
ISBN: 0062218301
EAN13: 9780062218308
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon, while Jefferson envisioned a separate democracy on the western coast that would spread eastward to meet the young United States.

Astor backed this ambitious enterprise with the vast for-tune he'd made in the fur trade and in New York real estate since arriving in the United States as a near-penniless Read More chevron_right

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