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In 1846, before he became the first great chronicler of the American frontier, Francis Parkman headed West to follow the trail of the pioneers making their way to Oregon and California. When he got to the Rocky Mountains, Parkman and his party of two turned south, traveled down the Front Range, and came back via the Santa Fe Trail to Missouri. The Oregon Trail recounts a trove of page-turning adventures along the way. Parkman frequently was lost, very nearly starved, narrowly escaped Indian war partiesand clearly had the time of his life. A month ago, he writes along the way, I should have thought it rather a startling affair to have an acquaintance ride out in the morning and lose his scalp before night, but here it seems the most natural thing in the world.
The Oregon Trail, ranked number 31 on Adventures top 100 classics list, remains a popular favorite a century and a half after publication. Accessible and handsomely designed, this new edition also features an exclusive introduction by adventure historian Anthony Brandt that illuminates the text with details about Parkmans role in popularizing the American West to a generation of pioneers as well as his vast influence on subsequent historians and writers.
Drawn from a list of the 100 best adventure books of all times compiled by a panel of experts, the Adventure Classics have been selected for their adrenaline quotient and their status as classics of the adventure genre. All the tides for the series feature page-turning, edge-of-your-seat adventure.
A classic account of the author's 1840s experiences on the American frontier with the Plains Indians describes such adventures as being lost, nearly starving, narrowly escaping Native American war parties during his journey down the Front Range and along the Santa Fe Trail. Reprint.