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Westward Vision: The Story of the Oregon Trail

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“In one very real sense,” David Lavender writes, “the story of the Oregon Trail begins with Columbus.” This opening suggests the panoramic sweep of his history of that famous trail. In chiseled, colorful prose, Lavender illustrates the “westward vision” that impelled the early explorers of the American interior looking for a northwest passage and send fur trappers into the region charted by Lewis and Clark. For the emigrants following the trappers routes, that vision gradually grew into a sense of a manifest American destiny.
 
Lavender describes the efforts of emigration societies, of missionaries like Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and of early pioneer settlers like Hall Jackson Kelley, Jason Lee, and Thomas Jefferson Farnham, as well as the routes they took to the “Promised Land.” He concludes by recounting the first large-scale emigrations of 1843-45, which steeled the U. S. government for war with Mexico and agreements with Britain over the Oregon boundary.
 

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David Lavenders classic histories of the Old West include Bents Fort, California: Land of New Beginnings, and One Mans West, all available as Bison Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803279155
Author:
Lavender, David Sievert
Publisher:
Bison Books
Author:
Lavender, David Sievert
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Overland journeys to the pacific
Subject:
Oregon trail
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Oregon National Historic Trail.
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19850331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., map
Pages:
425
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 1.05 lb

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History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Oregon » Oregon Trail
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