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The California and Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life

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In the spring of 1846, Francis Parkman, a Harvard-educated Boston-born aristocrat, headed west to experience the untamed regions of America, to acquaint himself with the wild mountain men in the Rockies, and to visit the surviving Indian tribes before all were absorbed by the relentless advance of Western civilization. Only twenty-two years old, Parkman had been preparing for this expedition his entire life, making scientific collections in the woods as a child and learning to ride a horse and shoot a gun better than nearly anyone else in New England.

The California and Oregon Trail is Parkmans thrilling account of a summer spent journeying from St. Louis through the Great Plains and Black Hills to the Rockies. Traveling with his guide, Henry Chatillon, Parkman comes to revere the French trappers and voyageurs who had originally opened the country while mastering an essential art of frontier survival—hunting buffalo.

Though plagued by a mysterious illness since childhood that left him weak and blind for long periods of time, Parkman was the picture of perseverance, eagerly covering vast stretches of the Great Plains with a roving band of Sioux for days on end. He returned home exhausted—almost entirely blind—and was forced to dictate the entire account, lending the book its breezy, conversational style.

About the Author

Francis Parkman was born in 1823 to a distinguished Boston family. He enrolled at Harvard College at age sixteen and received a law degree several years later. With his formal education complete, Parkman dedicated himself to his lifes great ambition: writing a history of the American wilderness. His seven-volume work France and England in North America is considered by many to be one of the most brilliant achievements in the genre. He died in 1893.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781626365544
Author:
Parkman, Francis
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Oregon » Oregon Trail
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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