This was a treat for my inner adventurer and read like fiction in many parts! I was glued to the pages from start to finish. The thing this work does that so many others do (Devil in the White City/The Year 1000/The Revenant) is really take to the time period and make you feel you're there. The realities of the expedition and the trade industry (both on land and ground) are brought to life in this book. The subject is an expedition of the West Coast (Astoria) in the early 1800s by American explorers with intentions ranging from capitalism/profit to nationalism and sheer adventure. A gauntlet of trials and violent deaths await most explorers but the profits are high, and the future of our country and possible global trade routes are at stake!! Travel back to the Americas of 1800 and walk with the true mountain men, if you dare.
Drawing on original source material, this gripping true story, filled with high adventure and incredible hardship, documents the three-year expedition, from 1810 to 1813, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. 75,000 first printing.