Westward: The Epic Crossing of the American Landscape

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In the Early Nineteenth Century, the unknown and uncharted American West lured travelers and explorers from around the world. Today the fascination with this dramatic odyssey remains. The records of the expeditions by such legendary trailblazers as Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, John Fremont, John Powell, and Jedediah Strong Smith - exist only in their notebooks, journals, and diaries. Westward re-creates these treacherous and inspiring journeys in an engaging combination of first-hand narratives and specially ...
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Overview

In the Early Nineteenth Century, the unknown and uncharted American West lured travelers and explorers from around the world. Today the fascination with this dramatic odyssey remains. The records of the expeditions by such legendary trailblazers as Lewis and Clark, Zebulon Pike, John Fremont, John Powell, and Jedediah Strong Smith - exist only in their notebooks, journals, and diaries. Westward re-creates these treacherous and inspiring journeys in an engaging combination of first-hand narratives and specially commissioned color photographs. Traveling through the heat and storms of the plains, the snows and heights of the mountains, the rapids and falls of the rivers, these explorers became pathfinders of the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the California Trail. They also discovered the wonders of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the peaks of the Grand Tetons, and the Great Salt Lake. Following their original written documents and maps, David Larkin and Paul Rocheleau returned to the historic locations at the same times of the day and seasons of the year to photograph the sites (many still untouched by civilization) in grand views and minute details. The travelers' letters, notebooks entries, and autobiographies are woven throughout Gerald Roscoe's text, recapturing and rediscovering the challenging routes to the West. Not only do these writings illuminate history, but they are also exciting tales of adventure, hardship, courage, and human spirit. This photographic and written narrative both tells the story of "manifest destiny" and preserves the timeless beauty and allure of the magnificent land.

In the early 1800s, the unknown and uncharted American West lured travelers, explorers and spiritual seekers from around the world. In a combination of archival manuscripts and sketches, old and new maps, Westward recreates the journey that opened up the West. This photographic and written narrative both tells the story of Manifest Destiny and preserves the timeless beauty and allure of the land.

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Recreating the trailblazing expeditions of Lewis and Clark, John Fremont, Zebulon Pike and other explorers, this magnificent album celebrates the beauty and still-untamed spirit of the American West. Among the 20 exploits documented are trader-trapper Jacob Fowler's opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821; intrepid, one-armed John Wesley Powell's 1869 trek through the Grand Canyon; and the first emigrant party to California in 1841, led by Kansas schoolteacher John Bidwell and Ohio adventurer Nicholas Dawson. The text by freelance journalist Roscoe (author of four books on Buddhism) weaves historical narrative with excerpts from the explorers' journals, letters, notebooks and autobiographies, as well as their original maps. Spectacular photographs by Larkin and Rocheleau (who collaborated on Farm and American Colonial) capture historic locations at the times of day and seasons of the year corresponding to the pioneers' journeys. This is a distinctive gift book. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885254092
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Ch. 1 Lewis and Clark: The Opening of the Northwest 16
Ch. 2 Zebulon Pike: The Opening of the Southwest 29
Ch. 3 The Astorians 40
Ch. 4 Robert Stuart: First to Blaze the Oregon Trail 63
Ch. 5 Major Stephen Long's Southwest Expedition 68
Ch. 6 James and Fowler: The Opening of the Santa Fe Trail 76
Ch. 7 Ashley and Smith: The Mountain Men Conquer the Rockies 86
Ch. 8 Jedediah Strong Smith: Across the Desert to California 98
Ch. 9 Josiah Gregg: On the Santa Fe Trail 103
Ch. 10 Benjamin Bonneville: On the Oregon Trail 107
Ch. 11 Zenas Leonard: Joseph Walker Blazes a Trail to Northern California 119
Ch. 12 Nathaniel Wyeth and John Wyeth: A Foothold in Oregon 132
Ch. 13 John Townsend: Wyeth's Return to Oregon and the Arrival of the Missionaries 141
Ch. 14 Samuel Parker: The Missionary Trailblazer 154
Ch. 15 Bidwell and Dawson: First Emigrant Party to California 162
Ch. 16 Manifest Destiny: Fremont's Santa Fe Expedition 176
Ch. 17 William Emory and the Army of the West 188
Ch. 18 Howard Stansbury: Exploring the Utah Basin and the Great Salt Lake 194
Ch. 19 Joseph Ives: The Lower Colorado River 201
Ch. 20 John Wesley Powell: The Exploration of the Grand Canyon 210
Appendix: References, Primary Sources 232
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