The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail

The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail

Larry E. Morris


Although a number of adventurers stormed west in 1806 after Lewis and Clark’s secure go back, seven of them left particular legacies due to their enormous trips, their lionhearted spirit within the face of trouble, and how their paths intertwined repeatedly. The Perilous West tells this riveting tale intensive for the 1st time, targeting all the seven explorers in flip – Ramsay Crooks, Robert McClellan, John Hoback, Jacob Reznor, Edward Robinson, Pierre Dorion, and Marie Dorion. those seven counted the Tetons, Hells Canyon, and South cross between their discoveries. extra importantly, they cast the Oregon Trail–a direction destined to hyperlink the Atlantic coast with the Pacific, spurring nationwide enlargement because it carried trappers, infantrymen, pioneers, missionaries, and gold-seekers westward. The PerilousWest starts in 1806, while Crooks and McClellan meet Lewis and Clark, and the substantial expanse from the Dakotas to the Pacific coast seems a advertisement paradise. the tale results in 1814, while a band of French Canadian trappers rescue Marie Dorion, or even John Jacob Astor’s well-financed firm has resulted in violence and chaos, putting the protagonists squarely within the context of Thomas Jefferson’s huge beginning of the West, which stalled with the conflict of 1812.

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