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Forgotten Trailblazer: Joseph B. Chiles and the Making of California

Forgotten Trailblazer: Joseph B. Chiles and the Making of California

by Frederic C Chiles


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Joseph B. Chiles, called by one historian, ‘the Adam of a generation of pioneers’ is the man that everyone knows and yet nobody knows.

In virtually every major work on the period of western migration, Chiles is mentioned. He was a friend of Broken Hand Fitzpatrick, Joe Walker, Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, Mariano Vallejo, John Bidwell, and most of the founding fathers of California. And yet there is no definitive work on the life and times of the man who crossed the continent seven times between 1841 and 1854, a period that encompassed the beginnings of transcontinental travel and the expansion of the United States to the Pacific Coast. Forgotten Trailblazer aims to fill this gap in our knowledge of the great migration experience that created modern California.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911596769
Publisher: Book Printing UK
Publication date: 06/22/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 770,752
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

  • The Decision
  • A Journey Without Maps 1841
  • From the Platte to the Bear
  • No Pilot Except the Setting Sun
  • The California Chiles Found
  • The Return to Missouri and Planning the Next Crossing 1842
  • Chiles’s Year—1843
  • Rancho Catacula Gained, Mexican California Lost, the Family Reunited
  • The Chiles Family, “The Plains Across”, 1848
  • Joseph Chiles, Frontier Entrepreneur
  • The Final Crossings 1853-1854
  • A California Family

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