Thomas Jefferson And The Rocky Mountains

Overview

Although he did not travel farther inland than the slopes of the Appalachians, Thomas Jefferson must take his place alongside Zebulon Pike, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and Lewis and Clark--the men who blazed the great western trails. Donald Jackson cogently recounts Jefferson’s fundamental role in promoting and shaping the exploration, settlement, and development of the Trans-Mississippi West.

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Overview

Although he did not travel farther inland than the slopes of the Appalachians, Thomas Jefferson must take his place alongside Zebulon Pike, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and Lewis and Clark--the men who blazed the great western trails. Donald Jackson cogently recounts Jefferson’s fundamental role in promoting and shaping the exploration, settlement, and development of the Trans-Mississippi West.

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**** Reprint of the U. of Illinois Press edition of 1981 (which is distinguished by its inclusion in BCL3). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806125046
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1981
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald C. Jackson is Professor of History at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and is the author of Great American Bridges and Dams.

James P. Ronda, H. G. Barnard Professor of History, emeritus, University of Tulsa, is widely recognized for his extensive scholarship on the Lewis and Clark expedition, including the pathbreaking Lewis and Clark Among the Indians. He is also a distinguished historian of the early American fur trade, Astoria and Empire. Professor Ronda’s recent publications include The West the Railroads Made.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 A Gap in the Cumberlands 3
2 Some Notes on Virginia 25
3 Assignment to France 42
4 The Years with George Washington 65
5 A Geographer's Bookshelf 86
6 Researching the New Territory 98
7 The Response to Mackenzie 117
8 An Odyssey in Bitter Snows 163
9 "With Unspeakable Joy" 191
10 Jefferson's Indian Policy: A Case Study 203
11 Exploring by Master Plan 223
12 Zebulon Pike's Damned Rascals 242
13 End of the Lewis and Clark Era 268
14 Defining the Empire 295
Bibliography 311
Index 325
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