Astoria

John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

by Peter Stark

Astoria

Hardcover, 366 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $27.99 | purchase

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Drawing on original source material, this true story documents the 1810 expedition to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

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"Thomas Jefferson had this geopolitical dream of building another country really on the West Coast of America ... way past the Louisiana purchase, and then annexing it/joining it to the existing United States. ... And this fit in very well with what Astor wanted to do, which was basically the same thing. But [Astor] wanted to build on the West Coast an emporium where all of the furs ... and whatever else his trappers and his explorers and his employees found could be sent. ... He envisioned

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