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Parkman: The Oregon Trail and The Conspiracy of Pontiac

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Published May 1st 1991 by Library of America
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Of the two books, I liked Parkman's "The Oregon Trail" best His vivid descriptions and great detail are most interesting here, as he describes the people -- from traders to homesteaders to Native Americans he met while traveling the American West in the 1840's. The book is full of adventure, buffalo hunting and narrow escapes from hostile tribes.

"The Conspiracy of Pontiac" tells the final chapter of the French and Indian War. It focuses on the 1760's, as the Great Lake tribes, who favored the Fr
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Recommends it for: anyone, history buffs
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Great history. Parkman journeys to Oregon...he doesn't even get half-way! A faulty title but incredible scenery and personal accounts like hunting bison only for the tongue! The waste of nature that prevails among Parkman's generation can be understood by the abundance of everything. If only they knew the legacy they would leave later generations. I finished this in 2008.
The Conspiracy of Pontiac is pure objective history taken from incredible research including the British military records, Fre
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Very readable, although it was written 160 years ago. A vivid first hand account of the Prairies and The Rockies in the 1840s. Parkman spent 3 weeks living amount the Dakota Indians.
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American historian.

He is best known as author of The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life and hisseven-volume France and England in North America. These works are still valued as historical sources and as literature. He was also a leading horticulturist, briefly a Professor of Horticulture at Harvard University and author of several books on the topic.

Parkman was a trustee of
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