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Astoria & empire, by James P. Ronda

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Astoria & empire
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Astoria & empire
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by James P. Ronda
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eng
Summary
  • In late December 1788 a worried Spanish official in Mexico City set down his fears about a new and aggressive northern neighbor. Viceroy Manuel Antonio Florez offered a gloomy prediction about the future of Spanish-United States relations in the West. He already knew about the steady march of frontiersmen toward St. Louis and now came troubling word of Robert Gray's ship Columbia on the Northwest coast. All this seemed to fit a pattern, a design for Yankee expansion. "We ought not to be surprised," warned the viceroy, "that the English colonies of America, now being an independent Republic, should carry out the design of finding a safe port on the Pacific and of attempting to sustain it by crossing the immense country of the continent above our possessions of Texas, New Mexico, and California." Canadian fur merchants and Russian bureaucrats also viewed the young republic as a potential rival in the struggle for western dominion. The viceroy's vision of the future proved startlingly accurate. Within the next two decades an American president would authorize a federally funded expedition to find just the sort of transcontinental route Florez imagined. Equally important, a New York entrepreneur would propose and put into motion an ambitious plan to make the Northwest an American political and commercial empire. John Astor's Pacific Fur Company, with Astoria as its central post on the Columbia River, was Florez's nightmare come true. Astoria had long represented either a daring overland adventure or simply a failed trading venture. The Astorians surely had their share of adventure. And the Pacific Fur Company never brought its founder the profits he expected. But all those involved in the extensive enterprise knew it meant more. Thomas Jefferson once described Astoria as the "germ of a great, free and independent empire," believing that the entire American claim to the lands west of the Rockies rested on "Astor's settlement at the mouth of the Columbia." And John Quincy Adams, the expansionist-minded secretary of state, labeled then entire Northwest as "the empire of Astoria." This book seeks to explore Astoria as part of a large and complex struggle for national sovereignty in the Northwest. The Astorians and their rivals were always engaged in more than trading and trapping. They were advance agents of empire. -- from Preface
  • "At the heart of this book, Ronda provides vivid and masterly accounts of the voyage of the Tonquin, the overland journey of Wilson Price Hunt, and a day-by-day analysis of the history of Astoria from its establishment in 1810 to the decision of the partners to sell the post to the rival North West Company in 1813 ... Ronda is as much concerned with the theme of empire as he is with the fortunes of business."--Journal of Military History
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1943-
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Ronda, James P.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
F880
LC item number
.R68 1990
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Pacific Fur Company
  • Astoria (Or.)
  • Oregon Territory
  • Northwest, Pacific
  • Columbia River Valley
  • Oregon
  • Oregon
  • Pacific Northwest
  • United States
  • Astoria (Or.)
  • Fur traders
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Fur trade
  • Fur trade
  • Voyages to the Pacific coast
  • Fur trade
  • Fur traders
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Voyages to the Pacific coast
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Astoria & empire, by James P. Ronda
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Astoria: the origins of an imperial idea -- Planning Astoria -- The Russian connection -- To Astoria by sea -- The overland passage: Montreal to the Arikara Villages -- From the Arikara Villages to Astoria -- LIfe at Fort Astoria -- Astoria at war -- Astoria in retreat -- Astoria: the legacy
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 400 pages
Isbn
9780803238961
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89038464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)20221237
  • (OCoLC)ocm20221237
Label
Astoria & empire, by James P. Ronda
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Astoria: the origins of an imperial idea -- Planning Astoria -- The Russian connection -- To Astoria by sea -- The overland passage: Montreal to the Arikara Villages -- From the Arikara Villages to Astoria -- LIfe at Fort Astoria -- Astoria at war -- Astoria in retreat -- Astoria: the legacy
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 400 pages
Isbn
9780803238961
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89038464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)20221237
  • (OCoLC)ocm20221237

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