Astoria, Or, Ancedotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains

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G.P. Putnam, 1851 - Astoria (Or.) - 519 pages
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This is a good book full of details. I truly enjoyed reading it. As a school assigment I was supposed to only read a part of this book but instead I ended up reading most of it! The only one thing that I didn't like about this book is that it starts to get pretty dry and boring after a while! 


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Page 215 - In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
Page 18 - ... formed establishments here. This, too, was a rendezvous for the rangers of the woods, as well those who came up with goods from Montreal as those who returned with peltries from the interior. Here new expeditions were fitted out and took their departure for Lake Michigan and the Mississippi ; Lake Superior and the Northwest ; and here the peltries brought in return were embarked for Montreal.
Page 20 - Northwest Company," which for a time held a lordly sway over the wintry lakes and boundless forests of the Canadas, almost equal to that of the East India Company over the voluptuous climes and magnificent realms of the Orient. The company consisted of twenty-three shareholders or partners, but held in its employ about two thousand persons as clerks, guides, interpreters, and "voyageurs,
Page 511 - ... inches from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. The body is from ten to twelve inches long.
Page 514 - From the foregoing statements it appears that the fur trade must henceforward decline. The advanced state of geographical science shows that no new countries remain to be explored. In North America the animals are slowly decreasing, from the persevering efforts and the indiscriminate slaughter practiced by the hunters, and by the appropriation to the uses of man of those forests and rivers which have afforded them food and protection.
Page 16 - Indiaman and pirates are wont to do ; for they lavish, eat, drink, and play all away as long as the goods hold out ; and when these are gone, they even sell their embroidery, their lace, and their clothes. This done, they are forced upon a new voyage for subsistence.
Page 227 - Whole tribes are rooted up from their native places, wander for a time about these immense regions, become amalgamated with other tribes, or disappear from the face of the earth. There appears to be a tendency to extinction among all the savage nations ; and this tendency would seem to have been in operation among the aboriginals of this country long before the advent of the white men...
Page 23 - They ascended the rivers in great state, like sovereigns making a progress : or rather like Highland chieftains navigating their subject lakes. They were wrapped in rich furs, their huge canoes freighted with every convenience and luxury, and manned by Canadian voyageurs, as obedient as Highland clansmen.
Page 40 - ... the commencement of a settlement on that point of the western coast of America, and looked forward with gratification to the time when its descendants should have spread themselves through the whole length of that coast, covering it with free and independent Americans, unconnected with us but by the ties of blood and interest, and enjoying like us the rights of self-government.

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