The Oregon Trail ; The Conspiracy of Pontiac, Volume 1

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Library of America, 1991 - History - 951 pages
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"From boyhood," wrote Francis Parkman, "I had a taste for the woods and the Indians." This Library of America volume, containing The Oregon Trail and The Conspiracy of Pontiac, brilliantly demonstrates this lifelong fascination. Parkman traveled through the West in 1846 after graduating from Harvard. His first book, The Oregon Trail, is a vivid account of his frontier adventures and his encounters with Plains Indians in their final era of nomadic life. The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada, Parkman's first historical work, portrays the fierce conflict that erupted along the Great Lakes in the aftermath of the Seven Years' War and chronicles the defeats in which the eastern Native American tribes "received their final doom."
  

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Great history. Parkman journeys to Oregon...he doesn't even get half-way! A faulty title but incredible scenery and personal accounts like hunting bison only for the tongue! The waste of nature that ... Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

Of the two books, I liked Parkman's "The Oregon Trail" best His vivid descriptions and great detail are most interesting here, as he describes the people -- from traders to homesteaders to Native ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I The Frontier
9
Breaking the Ice
16
Fort Leavenworth
26
Jumping Oft
29
VThe Big Blue
39
The Platte and the Desert
55
The Buffalo
67
Taking French Leave
82
Passage of the Mountains
239
The Lonely Journey
254
The Pueblo and Bents Fort
272
Tete Rouge the Volunteer
279
Indian Alarms
284
The Chase
294
Down the Arkansas
317
The Settlements
333

Scenes at Fort Laramie
96
The War Parties
110
Scenes at the Camp
130
Ill Luck
147
Hunting Indians
154
The Ogillallah Village
176
The Hunting Camp
195
The Trappers
215
The Black Hills
224
A Mountain Hunt
228
The Conspiracy of Pontiac
343
CHAPTER II
390
CHAPTER III
403
1763
621
CHAPTER XIX
640
CHAPTER XX
659
CHAPTER XXI
671
Chronology
919
Notes
936
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Early in his youth, this Boston-born historian was infected with what he called (in language offensive to today's readers) "Injuns on the brain." For the rest of his life, he dedicated himself to writing what he had called at the age of 18 "a history of the American forest." In 1846, following the completion of his studies at Harvard College, he set out in company with a cousin on an expedition from St. Louis over the Oregon Trail to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, a journey that brought him into close contact with the Lakota Indians. Back in Boston, he turned the journal that he had kept on the trail into a series of sketches that were published in the Knickerbocker Magazine and afterwards as a book, The California and Oregon Trail, Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life (1849), now better known by the abbreviated title of a later revised edition, The Oregon Trail. By this time, Parkman had well underway the historical work that would occupy him during the rest of his life, an account of the French and English in North America, the first installment of which was his History of the Conspiracy of Pontiac and the War of the North American Tribes against the English Colonies, published in 1851.

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