The Course of Empire

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - History - 647 pages
Tracing North American Exploration from Balboa to Lewis and Clark, Devoto tells in a classic fashion how the drama of discovery defined the American nation. The Course of Empire is the third volume in historian Bernard Devoto’s monumental trilogy of the West. Entertaining and incisive, this is the dramatic story of three hundred years of exploration of North America leading up to 1805.
 

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DeVoto won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his series on the settling of the American West. The Course of the Empire traces the history of North America over a period of 278 ... Read full review

Contents

The Children of the Sun
3
The Spanish Entrances
37
The Spectrum of Knowledge
51
Early Ideas of North America
56
The Northwestern Mystery
76
The Iron Men
83
The Mississippi
116
The Heartland 176
129
Vérendryes Progress
204
TwelveYear Armistice
231
Jonathan Carvers North America
249
Prime Meridian
263
The Kentucky Merchant
272
Escalantes Journey
295
Equinoctial Tide
315
The Northwest Coast
325

The Heartland
131
Converging Frontiers
159
The World Turned Upside Down
195
The Canoe Route Lake Superior
197
The Canadian West 1790s
352
The Santa Fe Trail
361
The Passage to India
487
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Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country's greatest men of letters.

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