Siberian Journey: Down the Amur to the Pacific, 1856–1857

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University of Wisconsin Pres, Nov 18, 2011 - History - 380 pages
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Perry McDonough Collins was the first American to journey through Siberia and down the 2,690-mile Amur River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1860 he wrote A Voyage Down the Amoor, an account of his adventures, and his book proved so popular that it was reissued in 1864. Siberian Journey consists of Collins’s original text framed by an interpretive introduction and explanatory notes by Charles Vevier, providing an extensive, first-hand account of Russia’s land and its people in the mid–nineteenth century.

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Editors Note
40
Preface to A Voyage Down the Amoor
45
I Departure for Siberia
49
II From Moscow to NijneNovgorod
54
MAPS
56
III NijneNovgorodThe Great Fair
60
VI From Nijne to Ekaterinburg
67
XXIX On the River
208
XXX A Mangoon Camp
211
XXXI Manchoo Visitors
215
XXXII A Manchoo GuardBoat
218
XXXIII Arrival at Igoon
222
XXXIV Manchoo Spies
229
XXXV A Manchoo Village
234
XXXVI A Tartar Beauty
239

V From Ekaterinburg to Omsk
72
VI From Omsk to Irkutsk
78
VII Irkutsk
86
VIII From Irkutsk to Kyachta
91
IX Kyachta MaiMatTschin and the Feast of Lanterns
100
X A Russian Dinner
110
XI From Irkutsk to Petrovskey
119
XII From Petrovskey to VerchneUdinsk
122
XIII From VerchneUdinsk to Chetah
125
XIV A Visit to the Mines of Nerchinsk
135
XV The Silver Mines of Zarentunskie
141
XVI The Cossacks of the Argoon
146
XVII The Gold Mines of the Onon
149
XVIII Passage of Mount Bornorskoy
154
XIX Residence at Chetah
159
XX A WildGoose Chase
166
XXIDeparture from Chetah
171
XXII Down the Ingodah
175
XXIII A Mineral Spring
184
XXIV From Bankin to Schilkah
187
XXV From Schilkah to OuseCherney
192
XXVI From Russian into Chinese Waters
196
XXVII First View of the Amoor
199
XXVIII From OuseStrelkah to Albasin
203
XXXVII Manchoo Junks
243
XXXVIII The Songahree
246
XXXIX Russian Progress
250
XL Floating Along
254
XLI The Navigation
260
XLII Native Villages
265
XLIII The Hongahree
270
XLIV A Goldee Village
274
XLV Female Sailors
279
XLVI A Night of Danger
282
XLVII Ancient Monuments
286
XLVIII Arrival at Nikolaivsky
294
XLIXNikolaivsky
298
L American Residents
302
LI Character of the Amoor Country
306
LII Natives on the Amoor
313
LIII Trade and Resources of Siberia
321
LIV Voyage to Japan
327
LV Hakodadi
334
LVI To Kamschatka
339
LVII Stay at Petropaulosky
347
A Note on the Sources
357
Index
363
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Perry McDonough Collins (1813–1900) was the visionary behind the Russian–American telegraph, also known as the Collins Overland telegraph, which came about as a result of his journey. Charles Vevier (1924–95) was vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

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