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Author: Laton Mccartney
ISBN: 0743249240
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (August 26, 2003)
Language: English
Category: Americas
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e-Book Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail epub download

by Laton Mccartney



Across the Great Divide book.

Across the Great Divide book. The trail he found wa Across the Great Divide by Leyton McCartney tells the story of Robert Stuart a Scot who was a junior partner in the Pacific Fur Company which set up the first American fur trading post on the Pacific coast of America in 1811. After a year Stuart led a small party back to St Louis to obtain relief supplies for the outpost. This book tells of an epic journey through unmapped territory, at times near starvation, threatened by Indians and through the depths of winter.

Laton McCartney's "Across the Great Divide" deserves high praise. Well written and concise, it is the story of a long neglected explorer who discovered the Oregon Trail that 300,000 emigrants would cross on their way to the Pacific Coast. Douglas Brinkley Director, The Eisenhower Center for American Studies, and Professor of History, University of New Orleans What a truly wonderful book. Historian Laton McCartney brings to life the extraordinary - and largely neglected - story of how fur trader Robert Stuart discovered the trail that would lead 300,000 immigrants over the Rocky Mountains to the fertile valleys of Oregon.

Across the Great Divide. com User, December 27, 2007. Robert Stuart was the first explorer to cross the entire continent of the United States from west to east. He discovered the southernly route across the Rockies through the South Pass and followed what would become the Oregon Trail twenty three years later after his crossing. Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail. McCartney discusses Astor’s political gamesmanship as he secured Astoria and then tried to circumvent the embargo of the War of 1812

Across the great divide. McCartney discusses Astor’s political gamesmanship as he secured Astoria and then tried to circumvent the embargo of the War of 1812. He details the even more arduous voyage of Wilson Price Hunt, who had followed the Lewis and Clark route four years later. Price may vary by retailer. Publisher: Free Press (November 26, 2012). ISBN13: 9781476730035. Browse Related Books.

Laton McCartney, Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail, Simon & Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0-7432-4924-0.

A larger party ascended the Columbia River as far as it could, procuring horses from Indians as they got further inland. The group split near the future Wallula, Washington and Stuart’s mounted party rode south into the general vicinity of future Pendleton, Oregon. Laton McCartney, Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail, Simon & Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0-7432-4924-0.

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McCartney talked about his book, Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail, published by Free Press

McCartney talked about his book, Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail, published by Free Press. The book chronicles the story of Robert Stuart, a young fur trader from Scotland, who located a gap in the Rocky Mountains in 1812. This gap would later be named the South Pass, and would become part of the Oregon Trail, an important wagon route that enabled westward migration in America in the nineteenth-century. Mr. McCartney also read from his book, and responded to questions from the audience.

Across the Great Divide brings to life Stuart's ten-month journey and the remarkable courage .

Across the Great Divide brings to life Stuart's ten-month journey and the remarkable courage, perseverance, and resourcefulness these seven men displayed in overcoming unimaginable hardships.

Follows the expedition of Robert Stuart and a small team of companions as they followed a path between the Wind River Range and the Antelope Hills, what would become known as the Oregon Trail, citing its contributions to emigration and the gold rush. 25,000 first printing.
Erennge
John Jacob Astor led the life most people do not even dare to dream about. He was a serial entrepreneur at a time when most of the world was composed of farmers. He was so successful at his businesses that when he died he controlled one-fifteenth of all personal wealth in the United States!

Across the Great Divide is a remarkably detailed account of one of his (failed) investments. Directly competing with the Hudson Bay Company for control of the North American fur trade, he is so successful that he is able to finance the establishment of the first American fort in Oregon and supports this effort with his own ships and men via Cape Horn. Returning east overland, one of his employees, Robert Stuart, discovers South Pass, the route that subsequently becomes the gateway to the Far West and the Oregon Trail!

This is a most singular accomplishment. In February 1808 Thomas Jefferson, sixty-five years old and in the waning months of his second term as President, is approached by Astor seeking Jefferson's support for a far flung trading venture beyond the Mississippi River. The proposal captured Jefferson's attention. After embarking from New York City and rounding Cape Horn, Stuart arrives in Oregon in 1810, only 5 years after the Lewis and Clark expedition! It is stunning to realize that Fort Astoria's erection and provisioning, completed after a long, arduous sea voyage that included stops at the Falkland Islands and Hawaii, and which cemented America's claim to the Pacific Northwest, is finished just a few weeks before the arrival of Astor's primary competition, the Hudson Bay Company, could lay further claim to Oregon for Britain.

In June 1812 Stuart, a junior partner in this venture, is chosen to lead an overland expedition back to St. Louis and New York to report to Astor. Only two American led expeditions had crossed the continent before him, Lewis and Clark's and Wilson Price Hunt's which was part of this Astor venture. However, instead of following the northern route of his predecessors, Stuart heads south along the Rockies and strikes South Pass, the only pass in the 3,000 mile Rocky Mountains passable by wagons. Stuart follows the Sweetwater and Platte Rivers across present day Wyoming and Nebraska. In the process, this obscure messenger-explorer discovers the trail that would become the central route of America's expansion, the emigrant road that opened up the Far West to settlement. Astor's Fort Astoria is captured by the British during the War of 1812 and Stuart never again sees Oregon. Subsequently, he becomes one of Astor's primary field agents, working out of Mackinaw Island in Michigan.

Laton McCartney's Robert Stuart is a most stalwart individual. When we stop to think that he was an entrepreneur, not an explorer, his accomplishment becomes all that much more impressive. He blithely embarks from New York on a three year endeavor that circumnavigates the known extent of the Western Hemisphere. His 10 month overland journey is so successful that all 7 people who start from Oregon reach civilization alive. This is a remarkably good book about American exploration and risk taking in an age and in a business when failure meant death. Well written and concise, it is the story of a long neglected explorer who discovered the Oregon Trail that 300,000 emigrants would cross on their way to the Pacific Coast.
Worla
During an overnight stay in hospital I put this book to an unfair test. Not feeling to well I read the chapters out of sequence. For me every chapter was a justifiable interesting read. That is surely an exceptional test of a writer. This book is worth its shelf space for any lover of adventure and any follower of American history.

Laton McCartney is a descendant of Robert Stuart. He has from unpublished family letters and journals been able to make Stuart's place in history together with Astor's commercial interests come alive to the reader throughout the book. The fact that Stuart's undertaking was West to East where any support was infinitely more difficult and against a background of British colonial force and Indian hostility makes this even more remarkable.

Many of the men sent on these expeditions were not at the start explorers. In view of this what some of them achieved was incredible. The debt that the wagon trains owe to Robert Stuart for blazing The South Pass trail and enabling the opening up of the American west to them is immense and very undervalued in history.

The terrible sea voyage with a brutal captain, being seen as fair game to be picked off or stolen from by Indian tribes, but helped by some, hunting or starving to near cannibalism, near death illness, gear and food being swept away in the rivers, just being in open country during the wrong season or having to build a winter retreat and hunker down - it's all there and much more to find.

My future resolution, to get a big contoured map and relive the endurance these iron men by tracing their tracks on the landscape. If you want to see the type of country these men came through by horse, on foot, by scratch built canoe and raft just look on the Internet and remember they were on their own.

The book does Robert Stuart justice in full measure. I will by buying another copy for my son and his children.