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Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark
When millionaire John Astor sent out two expeditions to explore Astoria in 1810, he envisioned the birth of a global trade empire that would rival the East Coast based at the mouth of the Columbia. Thomas Jefferson shared in these dreams, imagining a separate democracy on this new West Coast frontier. But Peter Stark reveals what complicated these grandiose visions as Astoria delves into the lives of the travelers themselves facing harrowing conditions and fighting for survival in this true adventure tale.
Event Categories: Books & Talks
Event Organizer: Powell's City of Books
March 10, 2014 at 7:30pmShow more...