In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell

In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell

by Mary Ann Fraser
     
 

Major John Wesley Powell and nine other men set out to explore the unmapped stretches of the Colorado River on May 24, 1869. The text is illustrated with period photographs and etchings, maps, and attractive contemporary pictures of the canyon in full color.  See more details below

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Major John Wesley Powell and nine other men set out to explore the unmapped stretches of the Colorado River on May 24, 1869. The text is illustrated with period photographs and etchings, maps, and attractive contemporary pictures of the canyon in full color.

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Children's Literature - Victoria Crenson
On May 24, 1869, Major Powell set out from Green River Station with four wooden boats, ten men, and supplies for ten months. Using the journals and letters of the men as her sources, Fraser follows Powell's hair-raising and near disastrous expedition to navigate and map the then unexplored Colorado River through the dangerous rapids, falls and tortuous water-carved cliffs of the Grand Canyon. She reveals that Powell was a man who understood the importance of the Colorado, a river that today is the "most fought over water system in the world."
Chris Sherman
In spite of nearly continuous disasters, including the loss of supplies, raging rapids, and personality clashes, John Wesley Powell and his band of hardy explorers became the first white men to chart the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Fraser traces Powell's three-month journey down the river in this informative text, which also quite clearly conveys the danger, excitement, and nonstop action of the adventure. She relied heavily on Powell's writings and the journals of other crew members and has included many passages in her work. Readers will enjoy her account of the trip, as well as her observations about Powell's farsighted views on water management and on the treatment of Native Americans. A bibliography is supplied.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613052153
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Redfeather Book Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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