Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon Or Columbia River: Being a Narrative of the Expedition Fitted Out by John Jacob Astor, to Establish the "Pacific Fur Company" ; with an Account of Some Indian Tribes on the Coast of the Pacific

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1849 - Astoria (Or.) - 352 pages
This book provides "A Narrative of the Expedition Fitted Out by John Jacob Astor" to the West. Astor was an extremely rich and powerful man who established a fur-trading and drug-smuggling empire in the early U.S. that eventually stretched westward to the coast. This book outlines that adventure and several of his encounters with Natives along the way.

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Page 144 - ... cheats; and to effect their purpose the better, they showed the Indians an old letter, which they made a handle of, and told them that they had been sent by the great white chief, with a message to apprize the natives in general that gifts, consisting of goods and implements of all kinds, were forthwith to be poured in upon them; that the great white chief knew their wants, and was just about to supply them with everything their hearts could desire; that the whites had hitherto cheated the Indians,...
Page 143 - The source of the Oakinacken is 280 miles due north, and in its course south the stream runs through three lakes: near its junction with the Columbia; it is hemmed in on the east by a sloping range of high rocky hills, at the foot of which the two rivers meet. On the south bank of the Oakinacken, half a mile from its mouth, was the site pitched upon for the new establishment.
Page 72 - ... of only thirty tons, rendered her useless for any purpose but that of navigating the river. It would have made a cynic smile to see this pioneer corps, composed of traders, shopkeepers, voyageurs, and Owhyhees, all ignorant alike in this new walk of life, and the most ignorant of all, the leader. Many of the party had never handled an axe before, and but few of them knew how to use a gun, but necessity, the mother of invention, soon taught us both. After placing our guns in some secure place...

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