Astoria; or, Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains
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Astoria; or, Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains

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This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter. The book was designed for optimal navigation on the eReaders, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the eReaders, Smartphones and other Mobile Devices wit

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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published November 11th 1835)
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Mar 23, 2014 Misfit marked it as the-kindle-black-hole  ·  review of another edition
Washington Irving wrote about this? Free on Kindle, plus free download at Project G.
I ran across this book in the visitor center bookshop at Sunnyside, Washington Irving's home on the Hudson River near Tarrytown, NY. We connect Irving with Rip Van Winkle, Diedrich Knickerbocker, and Spanish stories, so I was surprised he had written anything about the Pacific Northwest. Having visited Astoria, Oregon, and having just corresponded about it with a bibliophile friend, I picked up the book.

It turns out that Irving had had an interest in the American west for most of his life. As a...more
Over the Rocky mountains, up and down the Missouri and Columbia rivers, Indian trade and treachery, shipwrecks and starvation, the cold, cold winters, the desolate plains, and the dreaded grizzly bear--this story follows a group of American pioneers shrugging off hardships of every kind to strike it rich off some beaver skins.

Needless to say, this is not a fast-paced book. It's written as a story rather than a series of journal entries, but there are no maps or pictures and so the reader will g...more
Mar 23, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Perhaps this was a commercial hack job - but it was a commercial hackjob written by one of my favorites and it covers life in early 19th century Northwestern America like nothing I've come across yet. Irving and his nephew had massive access to journals and materials relating to John Jacob Astor's failed attempt to corner the NW fur trade for American in 1812. Damn glad i read this.

Puts in sharp relief how quickly we have gone from being a nation of rugged outdoorsman and survivors to whatever it is we are now. Very glad I read this
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Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He began his literary career at the age of nineteen by writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym, "Jonathan Oldstyle."

In 1809, he published, The History of New York, under his most well known public persona, Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Irving is best known for his short stories, "The Legend of...more
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