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Almost a Hero: The Voyages of John Meares, R.N., to China, Hawaii and the Northwest Coast

J. Richard Nokes

217 Pages    (Washington State Univ Pr)

DDC: 910.9164092    LCC: G286.M45

OCLC: 44965451    LCCN: 98030762    ISBN 13: 9780874221589    ISBN 10: 0874221587

"No name in Northwest Coast History conjures up more conflicting, perspectives than that of John Meares"...Barry M. Gough, author, "The Nortwest Cost: British Naviagation, Trade and Discoveries to 1812"

"No name in Northwest Coast History conjures up more conflicting, perspectives than that of John Meares"...Barry M. Gough, author, "The Nortwest Cost: British Naviagation, Trade and Discoveries to 1812" [less]

$19.95

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

2015    448 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 910.9163    LCC: G246.C7 A74

OCLC: 889425991    LCCN: 2014016215    ISBN 13: 9780295993997    ISBN 10: 0295993995

Captain James Cook is justly famous for his explorations of the southern Pacific Ocean, but his contributions to the exploration of the northern Pacific and the Arctic are arguably equally significant. On his third and final great voyage, Cook surveyed the northwest American coast in the hopes of finding the legendary Northwest Passage. While dreams of such a passage proved illusory, Cook’s journey produced some of the finest charts, collections, and anthropological observations of his career [...]

Captain James Cook is justly famous for his explorations of the southern Pacific Ocean, but his contributions to the exploration of the northern Pacific and the Arctic are arguably equally significant. On his third and final great voyage, Cook surveyed the northwest American coast in the hopes of finding the legendary Northwest Passage. While dreams of such a passage proved illusory, Cook’s journey produced some of the finest charts, collections, and anthropological observations of his career, helped establish British relations with Russia, and opened the door to the hugely influential maritime fur trade.Accompanying an exhibition of the same name, Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage sheds new light on Cook’s northern exploration. A collection of essays from an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, the book uses artifacts, charts, and records of the encounters between Native peoples and explorers to tell the story of this remarkable voyage and its historical context. In addition to discussing Cook’s voyage itself, the book also provides new insights into Cook’s legacy and his influence on subsequent expeditions in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, the collection uses Cook’s voyage as a springboard to consider the promise and challenge of the “new north” today, demonstrating that it remains, as in Cook’s time, a unique meeting place of powerful political, cultural, economic, and environmental forces. [less]

$54.95

Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Glyn Williams, Sophia Costley

2011    462 Pages    (University of California Press)

DDC: 910.916327    LCC: G640

OCLC: 435628953    ISBN 13: 9780520269958    ISBN 10: 0520269950

The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage—an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia—obsessed explorers for centuries. While global warming has brought several such routes into existence, until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors—entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism—in pursuit of a futile goal. In Arctic Labyrinth, Glyn [...]

The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage—an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia—obsessed explorers for centuries. While global warming has brought several such routes into existence, until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors—entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism—in pursuit of a futile goal. In Arctic Labyrinth, Glyn Williams charts the entire sweep of this extraordinary history, from the tiny, woefully equipped vessels of the first Tudor expeditions to the twentieth-century ventures that finally opened the Passage. Williams’s thrilling narrative delves into private letters and journals to expose the gritty reality behind the often self-serving accounts of those in charge. An important work of maritime history and exploration—and as exciting a tale of heroism and fortitude as readers will find—Arctic Labyrinth is also a remarkable study in human delusion. [less]

$28.95
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Battleship Oregon

Bert Webber

1998    142 Pages    (Webb Research Group Publishers)

DDC: 973.8    LCC: VA65.O7 W43

OCLC: 38574167    LCCN: 98015985    ISBN 13: 9780936738246    ISBN 10: 0936738243

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$14.95

Blow for the Landing

Fritz Timmen

1997    235 Pages    (Schiffer Publishing, Limited)

DDC: 386.309795    LCC: HE629

OCLC: 907904182    LCCN: 73150815    ISBN 13: 9780764303180    ISBN 10: 076430318X

All aboard for a trip back to the glory days of steamboating. This book is packed with history, photographs, and tales highlighting the personalities of various ships and the men who ran them. Colorful paddle-wheelers that carried goods and passengers to help develop the pioneer American West are pictured and described along with humorous and wonderful tales of adventures. From ornate, luxurious crafts to hardy towboats, these steamboats had an inescapable aura of romance. Every reader who has [...]

All aboard for a trip back to the glory days of steamboating. This book is packed with history, photographs, and tales highlighting the personalities of various ships and the men who ran them. Colorful paddle-wheelers that carried goods and passengers to help develop the pioneer American West are pictured and described along with humorous and wonderful tales of adventures. From ornate, luxurious crafts to hardy towboats, these steamboats had an inescapable aura of romance. Every reader who has ever felt a thrill at the sight of a gallant steamer making its way through powerful currents of a great river will find Blow for the Landing a nostalgic experience. [less]

$29.95

Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1790-1850

Stephen D. Beckham (Introduction by), Susan Delano McKelvey

1991    1200 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 581.978    LCC: QK5.M3

OCLC: 869201046    LCCN: 91024466    ISBN 13: 9780870715136    ISBN 10: 0870715135

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$99.95

Brix Maritime Story, The

Beverly Warren-Leigh (Created by), Peter Brix

2013    (BLM, LLC)

DDC: 387.232    LCC: HE566.T8

OCLC: 855792949    LCCN: 2013934326    ISBN 13: 9780989044318    ISBN 10: 0989044319

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$39.00
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Captain Cook's Final Voyage

James K. Barnett (Contribution by), Richard Neville (Contribution by), Glyn Williams (Contribution by)

2018    344 Pages    (Washington State University Press)

DDC: 910.9182    LCC: G246.C7 C32

OCLC: 1015815971    LCCN: 2017047619    ISBN 13: 9780874223576    ISBN 10: 0874223571

Particularly astonishing for accounts of landings along Hawaii, Vancouver Island, and Alaska, two extraordinary journals written by young officers offer remarkable eyewitness accounts from Cook¿s final voyage, describing initial European contact and Cook¿s dramatic death at Kealakekua Bay. They also include the first reasonably accurate maps of North America¿s west coast and the earliest comprehensive report from the Bering Sea ice pack. James Burney was first lieutenant for the commander of [...]

Particularly astonishing for accounts of landings along Hawaii, Vancouver Island, and Alaska, two extraordinary journals written by young officers offer remarkable eyewitness accounts from Cook¿s final voyage, describing initial European contact and Cook¿s dramatic death at Kealakekua Bay. They also include the first reasonably accurate maps of North America¿s west coast and the earliest comprehensive report from the Bering Sea ice pack. James Burney was first lieutenant for the commander of the "Discovery." One of the few accounts from the consort vessel, his writing provides new details and important, thoughtful impressions of North and South Pacific people and places. Working under the notorious William Bligh, Henry Roberts was Master's Mate on the "Resolution," performing essential hydrographic and cartographic tasks for the captain. He was only a few feet away when Cook was killed. His well-illustrated logbook includes coordinates, tables of routes, and records of weather at sea, but also lively accounts of shore excursions. The text is well-illustrated by the officers¿ maps and drawings, as well as a host of lavish images drawn by the expedition¿s official artist, John Webber. Maritime historian and researcher James K. Barnett adds context and commentary to complete the story. [less]

$34.95

Civil and Savage Encounters

Pavel N. Golovin, Basil Dmytryshyn (Introduction by, Translator), E. A. Crownhart-Vaughan (Translator), Karen Beyers (Illustrator), E. A. P. Crownhart-Vaughan (Introduction by)

2000    208 Pages    (Oregon Historical Society Press)

DDC: 910.4    LCC: F907.G63

OCLC: 557878510    LCCN: 82022487    ISBN 13: 9780875950952    ISBN 10: 0875950957

The first English translation of informal correspondence from Pavel N. Golovin to his St. Petersburg family, describing voyages from Russia, the great cities of Western Europe, the eastern seaboard of the United States, across the Isthmus of Panama, to Acapulco and San Francisco.

The first English translation of informal correspondence from Pavel N. Golovin to his St. Petersburg family, describing voyages from Russia, the great cities of Western Europe, the eastern seaboard of the United States, across the Isthmus of Panama, to Acapulco and San Francisco. [less]

$12.95

Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, The

Jack Nisbet

2010    304 Pages    (Sasquatch Books)

DDC: 508.795    LCC: QK31.D6

OCLC: 317923518    LCCN: 2009027956    ISBN 13: 9781570616679    ISBN 10: 1570616671

Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America. Douglas's discoveries include hundreds of western plants--most notably the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas [...]

Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America. Douglas's discoveries include hundreds of western plants--most notably the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas's fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering exotic new plants for the English and European market. The book takes readers along on Douglas's journeys into a literal brave new world of then-obscure realms from Puget Sound to the Sandwich Islands. In telling Douglas's story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances. [less]

$16.95

Columbia Journals

David Thompson

2007    362 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 917.1204    LCC: F1060.7.T46

OCLC: 751479482    LCCN: 2007020872    ISBN 13: 9780295987484    ISBN 10: 0295987480

David Thompson (1770-1857) is considered by many to have been the most important surveyor of North America. His achievements -- mapping the Saskatchewan River, the great bend of the Missouri River, the Great Lakes and the headwaters of the Mississippi as well as the Columbia watershed -- are the stuff of legend. Late in life Thompson wrote a retrospective memoir of his explorations, but the best way to understand his years in the fur trade is by reading his journals.In her new Preface to the [...]

David Thompson (1770-1857) is considered by many to have been the most important surveyor of North America. His achievements -- mapping the Saskatchewan River, the great bend of the Missouri River, the Great Lakes and the headwaters of the Mississippi as well as the Columbia watershed -- are the stuff of legend. Late in life Thompson wrote a retrospective memoir of his explorations, but the best way to understand his years in the fur trade is by reading his journals.In her new Preface to the Bicentennial Edition of Columbia Journals, Barbara Belyea considers the fur-trade context of journals, reports, and memoirs that shaped both Thompson’s perception of contemporary people, places, and events and our own perception of Thompson’s historical importance.In Columbia Journals, the fur trader, explorer, and cartographer records his exploration of the Columbia River basin and his efforts on behalf of the North West Company to establish good trade routes across the Rocky Mountains. The journals provide a detailed picture of the fur business during its period of greatest expansion, offer a glimpse of Native culture at the moment of contact with Europeans, and describe landscapes that have since been transformed by settlement and industry. Thompson’s hand-drawn maps preserve a contemporary image of the country he explored. [less]

$27.00

Columbia River the Astoria Odyssey

Bryan Penttila, Michael Henderson (Designed by), Sara Meyer (Photographer)

2004    87 Pages    (Frank Amato Publications, Incorporated)

DDC: 979.546    LCC: F884.A8

OCLC: 59223759    LCCN: 2004302867    ISBN 13: 9781571883025    ISBN 10: 1571883029

The Pacific Northwest has a rich and fascinating history, especially along the mighty Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. Many of us are familiar with the story of Lewis and Clark as they crossed the country in search of the Pacific Ocean, but what of the people who inhabited the region before and after their adventure? Through text and over 100 historical photographs, Penttila shares the tough everyday lives and extraordinary events of the Native inhabitants and the early settlers in this [...]

The Pacific Northwest has a rich and fascinating history, especially along the mighty Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. Many of us are familiar with the story of Lewis and Clark as they crossed the country in search of the Pacific Ocean, but what of the people who inhabited the region before and after their adventure? Through text and over 100 historical photographs, Penttila shares the tough everyday lives and extraordinary events of the Native inhabitants and the early settlers in this region, including: the history; shipping; fishing; logging; and basic living in this area.. Whether you're from the Pacific Northwest or not, you will find the history of this western shipping port to be fascinating [less]

$15.95

Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans, The

Robert Serra (Cover Design by, Created by, Directed By, Editor, Photographer, Prepared for Publication by, Produced by)

2012    48 Pages    (Pacific Publishing)

DDC: 624.2    LCC: TG24.O7

OCLC: 826869228    LCCN: 2012954234    ISBN 13: 9780985180119    ISBN 10: 0985180110

The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans, by Judy Fleagle, published by Pacific Publishing, Florence, OR, 5 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches, 48 pages, softcover, perfect bound. Highway 101 follows the Oregon coast and is noted for its spectacular scenery, beautiful lighthouses, and charming towns––all tied together by its celebrated historic bridges. Learn the story behind each of these amazing spans. Twelve were designed between 1927 and 1935 by Conde B. McCullough, one of the world’s greatest [...]

The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans, by Judy Fleagle, published by Pacific Publishing, Florence, OR, 5 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches, 48 pages, softcover, perfect bound. Highway 101 follows the Oregon coast and is noted for its spectacular scenery, beautiful lighthouses, and charming towns––all tied together by its celebrated historic bridges. Learn the story behind each of these amazing spans. Twelve were designed between 1927 and 1935 by Conde B. McCullough, one of the world’s greatest bridge designers. Three bridges, built since McCullough’s time, are included because of their importance. Together, these 15 spans comprise one of the world’s greatest collections of bridges. The book is divided into four parts with a full-page color photo, edit, and historic photos for each bridge. The Crossings Guide takes the reader down the coast. The two North Coast spans include the Astoria–Megler Bridge (the state’s longest) that crosses the Columbia River and the Wilson River Bridge in Tillamook. The four North Central Coast spans, spaced about ten miles apart, include the Depoe Bay Bridge, Rocky Creek Bridge, Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, and the “new” Alsea Bay Bridge in Waldport that replaced a McCullough bridge. The five South Central Coast spans are located in the 23-miles between Yachats and Florence. They include the Cummins Creek Bridge at Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint, the almost identical Ten Mile and Big Creek bridges, Cape Creek Bridge at Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint, and Siuslaw River Bridge in Florence. The four South Coast Bridges include the Umpqua River Bridge in Reedsport a half hour drive from the mile-long McCullough Memorial Bridge over Coos Bay. An hour down the road in Gold Beach is the I.L. Patterson bridge over the Rogue River and about 20 minutes farther is the Thomas Creek Bridge (the state’s highest). This Guide leads the traveler bridge by bridge down the Oregon coast. [less]

$15.00
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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

Brian Castner

2018    352 Pages    (Doubleday)

DDC: 971.9    LCC: G650 1789.C37

OCLC: 990841376    LCCN: 2017033495    ISBN 13: 9780385541626    ISBN 10: 0385541627

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find. Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American [...]

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find. Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change. Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark, Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides, to find a trade route to the riches of the East. What he found was a river that he named "Disappointment." Mackenzie died thinking he had failed. He was wrong.In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears. He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media, of tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote indigenous villages and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money. [less]

$28.95
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Empire Maker: Aleksandr Baranov and Russian Colonial Expansion into Alaska and Northern California (Samuel and Althea Stroum Books)

Kenneth N. Owens

2017    360 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 979.802092    LCC: F907.B23

OCLC: 963744544    ISBN 13: 9780295741727    ISBN 10: 0295741724

A native of northern Russia, Alexander Baranov was a middle-aged merchant trader with no prior experience in the fur trade when, in 1790, he arrived in North America to assume command over Russia's highly profitable sea otter business. With the title of chief manager, he strengthened his leadership role after the formation of the Russian American Company in 1799. An adventuresome, dynamic, and charismatic leader, he proved to be something of a commercial genius in Alaska, making huge profits for [...]

A native of northern Russia, Alexander Baranov was a middle-aged merchant trader with no prior experience in the fur trade when, in 1790, he arrived in North America to assume command over Russia's highly profitable sea otter business. With the title of chief manager, he strengthened his leadership role after the formation of the Russian American Company in 1799. An adventuresome, dynamic, and charismatic leader, he proved to be something of a commercial genius in Alaska, making huge profits for company partners and shareholders in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg while receiving scandalously little support from the homeland. Baranov receives long overdue attention in Kenneth Owens's Empire Maker, the first scholarly biography of Russian America's virtual imperial viceroy. His eventful life included shipwrecks, battles with Native forces, clashes with rival traders and Russian Orthodox missionaries, and an enduring marriage to a Kodiak Alutiiq woman with whom he had two children. In the process, the book reveals maritime Alaska and northern California during the Baranov era as fascinating cultural borderlands, where Russian, English, Spanish, and New England Yankee traders and indigenous peoples formed complex commercial, political, and domestic relationships that continue to influence these regions today. [less]

$30.00

Epic Wanderer: David Thompson and the Mapping of the Canadian West

D'Arcy Jenish

2009    320 Pages    (Bison Books)

DDC: 526.092    LCC: GA473.7.T48

OCLC: 268789922    ISBN 13: 9780803224520    ISBN 10: 0803224524

Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770–1857), is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against the broad canvas of dramatic rivalries between the United States and British North America, between the Hudson’s Bay Company and its Montreal-based rival, the North West Company, and among the various First Nations thrown into disarray by the advent of guns, horses, and alcohol.Less celebrated than his contemporaries Meriwether [...]

Epic Wanderer, the first full-length biography of mapmaker David Thompson (1770–1857), is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against the broad canvas of dramatic rivalries between the United States and British North America, between the Hudson’s Bay Company and its Montreal-based rival, the North West Company, and among the various First Nations thrown into disarray by the advent of guns, horses, and alcohol.Less celebrated than his contemporaries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Thompson spent nearly three decades, beginning in 1784, surveying and mapping more than 1.2 million square miles of largely uncharted Indian territory. Traveling across the prairies, over the Rockies, and on to the Pacific, Thompson transformed the raw data of his explorations into a map of the Canadian West. Measuring ten feet by seven feet and exhibiting astonishing accuracy, the map became essential to the politicians and diplomats who would decide the future of the rich and promising lands of the West. Yet its creator worked without personal glory and died in penniless obscurity.Drawing extensively on Thompson’s personal journals and illustrated with his detailed sketches, intricate notebook pages, and the map itself, Epic Wanderer charts the life of a man who risked everything in the name of scientific advancement and exploration. [less]

$19.95
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First Across the Continent: Sir Alexander Mackenzie (The Oklahoma Western Biographies)

Barry Gough

1997    264 Pages    (University of Oklahoma Press)

DDC: 971.201092    LCC: F1060.7.M1783

OCLC: 44957679    ISBN 13: 9780806130026    ISBN 10: 0806130024

Seeking the Northwest Passage and the fabled like to Russia, Japan, and Cathay, Alexander Mackenzie drove himself and his men relentlessly, by canoe and portage, across the uncharted rivers, valleys, and mountains of North America. Mackenzie's 1789 journey to the Arctic Ocean and his arduous journey to the Pacific in 1793 predate the Lewis and Clark expedition. By the age of thirty-one Alexander Mackenzie had become the first man to cross North America from the northwestern hub of the interior [...]

Seeking the Northwest Passage and the fabled like to Russia, Japan, and Cathay, Alexander Mackenzie drove himself and his men relentlessly, by canoe and portage, across the uncharted rivers, valleys, and mountains of North America. Mackenzie's 1789 journey to the Arctic Ocean and his arduous journey to the Pacific in 1793 predate the Lewis and Clark expedition. By the age of thirty-one Alexander Mackenzie had become the first man to cross North America from the northwestern hub of the interior trade, Lake Athabasca in present-day northern Alberta, to the Pacific Ocean. He had opened the continent to trade and exploration.Mackenzie was a man of enormous ego and overpowering ambition. He left Scotland in search of opportunity in the North American fur trade and achieved success through a combination of bold exploits, grim determination, and business acumen. Mackenzie returned to his homeland late in life to be knighted, marry, and live a more genteel life, leaving behind a Métis family in North America. His celebrated book Voyages from Montreal remains an enduring classic of world travel literature.In his research, Barry Gough traveled from Mackenzie's birthplace to his tomb and from Montreal to the Arctic Ocean and to the Pacific. He takes the reader along with Mackenzie on his hazardous travels and voyages, using contemporary accounts to bring to life the problems and perils faced by the young explorer.First Across the Continent reveals the international impact of Sir Alexander Mackenzie's expeditions and places him among the elite of New World explorers, illuminating his vital role in the history of the fur trade and the American West. [less]

$19.95

Franchere's Narrative of a Voyage

Gabriel Franchere, Jedediah Huntington

2007    232 Pages    (Applewood Books)

DDC: 917.95    LCC: F880

OCLC: 144224824    ISBN 13: 9781429003070    ISBN 10: 1429003073

Noted Canadian explorer's account of exploring the Northwest with the plan to expand fur trade.

Noted Canadian explorer's account of exploring the Northwest with the plan to expand fur trade. [less]

$24.95

From Maps to Metaphors

Robin Fisher (Editor), Hugh Johnston (Editor)

2013    362 Pages    (University of British Columbia Press)

DDC: 910.91643    LCC: F851.5

OCLC: 865169653    ISBN 13: 9780774828154    ISBN 10: 0774828153

From Maps to Metaphors grew out of the Vancouver Conference onExploration and Discovery, held to observe the bicentennial ofVancouver's arrival on the Pacific northwest coast. It brings tolight much of the new research on the discovery of the Pacific andilluminates the European and Native experience. The chapters arewritten from a variety of perspectives and provide new insights on manyaspects of Vancouver's voyages -- from the technology employed tothe complex political and power relationships [...]

From Maps to Metaphors grew out of the Vancouver Conference onExploration and Discovery, held to observe the bicentennial ofVancouver's arrival on the Pacific northwest coast. It brings tolight much of the new research on the discovery of the Pacific andilluminates the European and Native experience. The chapters arewritten from a variety of perspectives and provide new insights on manyaspects of Vancouver's voyages -- from the technology employed tothe complex political and power relationships among European explorersand the Native leadership. [less]

$37.95
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Great River of the West (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

William L. Lang, Robert Carriker

1999    176 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 979.7    LCC: F853

OCLC: 41967220    LCCN: 99041255    ISBN 13: 9780295977775    ISBN 10: 0295977779

In the Pacific Northwest, the river of dominance is the Columbia, and in ways both profound and mundane its history is the history of the region. In Great River of the West historians and anthropologists consider a range of topics about the river, from Indian rock art, Chinook Jargon, and ethnobotany on the Columbia to literary and family history, the creation of an engineered river, and the inherent mythic power of place.Since first contact between Euro-Americans and Native peoples during the [...]

In the Pacific Northwest, the river of dominance is the Columbia, and in ways both profound and mundane its history is the history of the region. In Great River of the West historians and anthropologists consider a range of topics about the river, from Indian rock art, Chinook Jargon, and ethnobotany on the Columbia to literary and family history, the creation of an engineered river, and the inherent mythic power of place.Since first contact between Euro-Americans and Native peoples during the late 18th century, the river's history has been characterized by dramatic demographic, social, and economic changes. The remarkable set of essays in Great River of the West investigate these changes by highlighting important episodes in the history of the river. Readers meet mariners who challenge the Columbia River bar, a family torn by insanity, Native people who preserve fishing traditions, and dam-builders who radically change the Columbia. [less]

$25.00
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Morning of Fire

Scott Ridley

2011    464 Pages    (William Morrow Paperbacks)

DDC: 917.950424    LCC: F851.5

OCLC: 548626454    LCCN: 2010019477    ISBN 13: 9780061700194    ISBN 10: 0061700193

The Forgotten True Story of America’s Daring First Exploration of the Pacific Just four years after the Revolutionary War and more than a decade before Lewis and Clark’s expedition, a remarkable—but now forgotten—plan was hatched along the docks of Boston Harbor. Two ships carrying the flag of the newly formed United States would be dispatched in 1787 on a landmark adventure around South America’s Cape Horn and into the largely uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean, far past the [...]

The Forgotten True Story of America’s Daring First Exploration of the Pacific Just four years after the Revolutionary War and more than a decade before Lewis and Clark’s expedition, a remarkable—but now forgotten—plan was hatched along the docks of Boston Harbor. Two ships carrying the flag of the newly formed United States would be dispatched in 1787 on a landmark adventure around South America’s Cape Horn and into the largely uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean, far past the western edge of the continent. The man chosen to lead the expedition was Captain John Kendrick, a master navigator who had made his name as a charismatic privateer during the Revolution. On the harrowing seven-year voyage that followed, Kendrick would establish the first American outpost in the remote Pacific Northwest, sail into a deadly cauldron of intertribal war in the Hawaiian Islands, wage a single-ship campaign to hold off advances of the British and Spanish empires, and narrowly escape capture by samurai in Japan before meeting his own violent and tragic end thousands of miles from home. Brilliantly brought to life by historian Scott Ridley, Morning of Fire is a startling rediscovery of a thrilling lost chapter of American history. [less]

$16.99
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Native River: The Columbia Remembered

William D. Layman

2002    208 Pages    (Washington State University Press)

DDC: 979.7    LCC: F853

OCLC: 50064748    LCCN: 2002008244    ISBN 13: 9780874222579    ISBN 10: 0874222575

In images and narratives Native River recreates the Mid-Columbia untamed—the river as it once was, before the building of seven major dams. Featuring a wealth of illustrations, maps, and photographs, many never before published, this finely crafted book focuses on the 350-mile reach of the middle Columbia River—from Priest Rapids in south-central Washington to the U.S.-Canadian border. Layman gives us the unique opportunity of picturing the great river, and man’s relationship [...]

In images and narratives Native River recreates the Mid-Columbia untamed—the river as it once was, before the building of seven major dams. Featuring a wealth of illustrations, maps, and photographs, many never before published, this finely crafted book focuses on the 350-mile reach of the middle Columbia River—from Priest Rapids in south-central Washington to the U.S.-Canadian border. Layman gives us the unique opportunity of picturing the great river, and man’s relationship to it, prior to the building of seven major dams that now harness the Columbia’s power and obscure its former features under reservoirs. The author affords each segment of this waterway its own unique rich visual documentation. This forms a backdrop to compelling river stories, told in a variety of perspectives and voices. Included are Native American legends and lore, the cryptic messages of ancient rock art, accounts of white explorers and immigrants, and Layman’s own insightful observations. In his research, Layman forged a special, co-operative relationship with the indigenous peoples who still call the Columbia River valley their home. The artful blending of geological, cultural, and historical story telling in Native River unifies the reader's experience of the untamed Columbia. [less]

$29.95
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Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire

Tom Chaffin

2014    612 Pages    (University of Oklahoma Press)

DDC: 973.6092    LCC: E415.9.F8

OCLC: 861209566    LCCN: 2015300089    ISBN 13: 9780806144740    ISBN 10: 0806144742

“The most eloquent, understanding, and yet very candid biography of Frémont that has appeared to date”—Howard R. Lamar, Yale UniversityThe career of John Charles Frémont (1813–90) ties together the full breadth of American expansionism from its eighteenth-century origins through its culmination in the Gilded Age. Tom Chaffin's biography demonstrates Frémont's vital importance to the history of American empire, and illuminates his role in [...]

“The most eloquent, understanding, and yet very candid biography of Frémont that has appeared to date”—Howard R. Lamar, Yale UniversityThe career of John Charles Frémont (1813–90) ties together the full breadth of American expansionism from its eighteenth-century origins through its culmination in the Gilded Age. Tom Chaffin's biography demonstrates Frémont's vital importance to the history of American empire, and illuminates his role in shattering long-held myths about the ecology and habitability of the American West.As the most celebrated American explorer and mapper of his time, Frémont stood at the center of the vast federal project of western exploration and conquest. His expeditions between 1838 and 1854 captured the public's imagination, inspired Americans to accept their nation's destiny as a vast continental empire, and earned him his enduring sobriquet, the Pathfinder.But Frémont was more than an explorer. Chaffin's dramatic narrative includes Frémont's varied experiences as an entrepreneur, abolitionist, Civil War general, husband to the remarkable Jessie Benton Frémont, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and Gilded Age aristocrat.This new paperback edition of Pathfinder features a new, additional, updated introduction by the author. [less]

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Ranald MacDonald

JoAnn Roe

1997    272 Pages    (Washington State University Press)

DDC: 979.7    LCC: F853.R65

OCLC: 800161814    LCCN: 97002019    ISBN 13: 9780874221466    ISBN 10: 0874221463

In 1848, Ranald MacDonald--son of a Hudson's Bay Company official and a Chinook Indian princess--convinced the captain of an American whaling ship to cast him adrift in a rowboat off the northern Japanese coast. Held captive for nearly a year, MacDonald taught English to Japanese interpreters, some of whom interpreted for Commodore Perry when the U.S. Navy forced Japan to open its doors to outsiders in the 1850s. After his release, MacDonald traveled the world before returning to the Pacific [...]

In 1848, Ranald MacDonald--son of a Hudson's Bay Company official and a Chinook Indian princess--convinced the captain of an American whaling ship to cast him adrift in a rowboat off the northern Japanese coast. Held captive for nearly a year, MacDonald taught English to Japanese interpreters, some of whom interpreted for Commodore Perry when the U.S. Navy forced Japan to open its doors to outsiders in the 1850s. After his release, MacDonald traveled the world before returning to the Pacific Northwest to join the British Columbia gold rush. [less]

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Reach of Tide, Ring of History

Sam McKinney, Robin Cody (Introduction by)

2000    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 917.9704    LCC: F853.M34

OCLC: 981454757    LCCN: 00009284    ISBN 13: 9780870714849    ISBN 10: 0870714848

Aboard a handmade boat, McKinney set out to rediscover the Columbia River of his youth. Combining the river's storied history, rich personal memories, and observations gleaned from the deck of the 16-foot Gander, this record of his voyage offers an intimate view of the great river and of the people who have lived and worked along its shores.

Aboard a handmade boat, McKinney set out to rediscover the Columbia River of his youth. Combining the river's storied history, rich personal memories, and observations gleaned from the deck of the 16-foot Gander, this record of his voyage offers an intimate view of the great river and of the people who have lived and worked along its shores. [less]

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Sources of the River, 2nd Edition: Tracking David Thompson Across North America

Jack Nisbet

2007    304 Pages    (Sasquatch Books)

DDC: 971.03092    LCC: F1060.7.T48

OCLC: 137287677    LCCN: 94006478    ISBN 13: 9781570615221    ISBN 10: 1570615225

In this true story of adventure, author Jack Nisbet re-creates the life and times of David Thompson—fur trader, explorer, surveyor, and mapmaker. From 1784 to 1812, Thompson explored western North America, and his field journals provide the earliest written accounts of the natural history and indigenous cultures of the what is now British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Thompson was the first person to chart the entire route of the Columbia river, and his [...]

In this true story of adventure, author Jack Nisbet re-creates the life and times of David Thompson—fur trader, explorer, surveyor, and mapmaker. From 1784 to 1812, Thompson explored western North America, and his field journals provide the earliest written accounts of the natural history and indigenous cultures of the what is now British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Thompson was the first person to chart the entire route of the Columbia river, and his wilderness expeditions have become the stuff of legend. Jack Nisbet tracks the explorer across the content, interweaving his own observations with Thompson’s historical writings. The result is a fascinating story of two men discovering the Northwest territory almost two hundred years apart. [less]

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Steamboats on Northwest Rivers

Bill Gulick

2004    247 Pages    (Caxton Press)

DDC: 386.22436    LCC: HE631.N67

OCLC: 53000219    LCCN: 2003019733    ISBN 13: 9780870044380    ISBN 10: 0870044389

One hundred years before dams were built on the Columbia-Snake River system, steamboats carried cargo and people to the farthest reaches of those waterways. Where water flowed, sturdy boats and bold captains went with no locks, dams, or artificial navigation aids. Bill Gulick, dean of Northwest history writers, tells the story of this colorful period in the region s history.

One hundred years before dams were built on the Columbia-Snake River system, steamboats carried cargo and people to the farthest reaches of those waterways. Where water flowed, sturdy boats and bold captains went with no locks, dams, or artificial navigation aids. Bill Gulick, dean of Northwest history writers, tells the story of this colorful period in the region s history. [less]

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Treasure Rocks of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

Garry Gitzen

2016    (Lulu Press, Inc.)

OCLC: 883322518    ISBN 13: 9781300722250    ISBN 10: 1300722258

The Treasure Rocks of Neahkahnie Mountain, is no doubt the most important collection of information ever written about the area. It's difficult to over estimate the importance of the facts that you present here. Well done!!"" Bob La Du, Ph.D., Portland, Oreogn. During Francis Drake's circumnavigation in 1579 while becoming the first European to Captain to pilot a ship around the globe, he performed a survey on Neahkahnie Mountain as Symbolic Sovereign Act of a land claim by building cairns [...]

The Treasure Rocks of Neahkahnie Mountain, is no doubt the most important collection of information ever written about the area. It's difficult to over estimate the importance of the facts that you present here. Well done!!"" Bob La Du, Ph.D., Portland, Oreogn. During Francis Drake's circumnavigation in 1579 while becoming the first European to Captain to pilot a ship around the globe, he performed a survey on Neahkahnie Mountain as Symbolic Sovereign Act of a land claim by building cairns crowned with incised rock markers which have become known as the Treasure Rocks of Neahkahnie Mountain. This narrative behind the Sir Francis Drake survey was conveyed to the author by Wayne Jensen, how he and Donald Viles made their discovery of the survey, its subsequent verification by Phil Costaggini and Robert J. Schultz, A.S.C.E., Oregon State University Master's thesis ""Survey of Artifacts at Neahkahnie Mountain Oregon,"" and how the incised markers were eventually deciphered by the author. [less]

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Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest, The

David Grover

2002    214 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 910.9164309041    LCC: G525

OCLC: 54061699    LCCN: 2001008019    ISBN 13: 9780870715419    ISBN 10: 0870715410

The Pacific Northwest Coast can be as deadly as it is beautiful, as demonstrated by the hundreds of shipwrecks and maritime disasters that have occurred in these waters. In "The Unforgiving Coast," David Grover vividly tells the true stories of some of the deadliest maritime disasters of the twentieth century. As a former chief mate in the merchant marine and commander in the Naval Reserve who has served in Northwest waters, Grover knows their grandeur and dangers firsthand. And he has drawn on [...]

The Pacific Northwest Coast can be as deadly as it is beautiful, as demonstrated by the hundreds of shipwrecks and maritime disasters that have occurred in these waters. In "The Unforgiving Coast," David Grover vividly tells the true stories of some of the deadliest maritime disasters of the twentieth century. As a former chief mate in the merchant marine and commander in the Naval Reserve who has served in Northwest waters, Grover knows their grandeur and dangers firsthand. And he has drawn on his expertise as a widely published marine historian to select nine of the most dramatic major accidents that happened between the California border and Vancouver Island, including two fatal shipwrecks on the treacherous Columbia River bar, known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." "The Unforgiving Coast" offers a penetrating look into each of these nine catastrophes, focusing on the unique, the inexplicable, the poignant, the heroic, and the tragic elements that make them remarkable. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Grover tries to explain not just what happened in each disaster, but how and why it happened. The stories vary considerably-some are mysteries, some are adventure thrillers, and some defy categorization. Compelling and highly readable, David Grover's book uncovers the true stories behind these ships and their terrible fates. [less]

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Voyages of Captain James Cook, The

Nicholas Thomas (Editor)

2018    320 Pages    (Quarto Publishing Group USA)

DDC: 910.91823    LCC: G420.C65

OCLC: 1018464877    ISBN 13: 9780760362501    ISBN 10: 0760362505

The Voyages of Captain James Cook  is now available in a highly produced paperback edition specially to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage. Captain James Cook's eighteenth century adventures circumnavigating the globe culminated in England's mapping of the known world. Now available in a handsome paperback edition,The Voyages of Captain James Cook tells the epic tale of expert cartographer and navigator Cook and his crew who set out from London on a quest of [...]

The Voyages of Captain James Cook  is now available in a highly produced paperback edition specially to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage. Captain James Cook's eighteenth century adventures circumnavigating the globe culminated in England's mapping of the known world. Now available in a handsome paperback edition,The Voyages of Captain James Cook tells the epic tale of expert cartographer and navigator Cook and his crew who set out from London on a quest of scientific discovery and exploration. Over the course of three voyages, they sailed the South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New Zealand, the Pacific Northwest, the Arctic Circle, and much more. From Cook's travels came a wealth of knowledge: documentation of flora and fauna, indigenous peoples, and, best of all, maps of the world - all of which were recorded for posterity in Cook's journals and in the work of many crew members. By the time Cook died in 1779, he had created charts so accurate that some were used into the 1990s. The Voyages of Captain James Cook is a handsome illustrated volume that's rich with excerpts from Cook's journals, illustrations, photos, and more that together create a fascinating account of his voyages. [less]

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World of the Oregon Fishboat, The

Janet C. Gilmore

1999    285 Pages    (Washington State University Press)

DDC: 979.5    LCC: SH344.8.B6 G55

OCLC: 40575363    LCCN: 98054419    ISBN 13: 9780874221718    ISBN 10: 0874221714

Gilmore describes Oregon commercial fisherman and their involvement with their communities, and presents a unique study of the boats that they use.

Gilmore describes Oregon commercial fisherman and their involvement with their communities, and presents a unique study of the boats that they use. [less]

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Wreck of the Sv. Nikolai, The

Kenneth N. Owens (Editor, Introduction by), Alton S. Donnelly (Translator)

2001    110 Pages    (University of Nebraska Press)

DDC: 979.502    LCC: F880

OCLC: 45248201    LCCN: 00048398    ISBN 13: 9780803286153    ISBN 10: 0803286155

In 1808 the Sv. Nikolai, owned by the Russian American Company, set sail from New Arkhangel (modern-day Sitka, Alaska) to explore and identify a site for a permanent Russian fur trading post on the mainland south of Vancouver Island. Heavy seas drove the ship aground in late December, forcing twenty-two crew members ashore, including Anna Petrovna Bulygin, the wife of ship captain Nikolai Isaakovich Bulygin. Over the next several months the shipwrecked crew clashed with Hohs, Quileutes, and [...]

In 1808 the Sv. Nikolai, owned by the Russian American Company, set sail from New Arkhangel (modern-day Sitka, Alaska) to explore and identify a site for a permanent Russian fur trading post on the mainland south of Vancouver Island. Heavy seas drove the ship aground in late December, forcing twenty-two crew members ashore, including Anna Petrovna Bulygin, the wife of ship captain Nikolai Isaakovich Bulygin. Over the next several months the shipwrecked crew clashed with Hohs, Quileutes, and Makahs, but with little knowledge of the country, the castaways soon found themselves owing their lives to the very tribes they had fought with upon arrival. The tribes captured and enslaved several of the crew members. In 1810 an American captain sailing for the Russian American Company ransomed the survivors. nbsp; This volume combines two source accounts of the event. The first is the story of a Russian survivor, Timofei Osipovich Tarakanov, the expedition's leader after the shipwreck. The second is a Quileute account, preserved orally for nearly a century before being recorded in 1909. Combined, these wonderful accounts tell a tale of adventure with moments of high drama, heroism, a touch of comedy, and eventual tragedy. [less]

$14.95

Writings of David Thompson, Volume 1, The

William E. Moreau

2015    432 Pages    (McGillQueen's University Press)

DDC: 917.12041    LCC: F1060.7.T48

OCLC: 945965760    ISBN 13: 9780773546165    ISBN 10: 0773546162

David Thompson's Travels is one of the finest early expressions of the Canadian experience. The work is not only the account of a remarkable life in the fur trade but an extended meditation on the land and Native peoples of western North America. The tale spans the years 1784 to 1807 and extends from the Great Lakes to the Rockies, from Athabasca to Missouri. A distinguished literary work, the Travels alternates between the expository prose of the scientist and the vivid language of the [...]

David Thompson's Travels is one of the finest early expressions of the Canadian experience. The work is not only the account of a remarkable life in the fur trade but an extended meditation on the land and Native peoples of western North America. The tale spans the years 1784 to 1807 and extends from the Great Lakes to the Rockies, from Athabasca to Missouri. A distinguished literary work, the Travels alternates between the expository prose of the scientist and the vivid language of the storyteller, animated throughout by a restless spirit of inquiry and sense of wonder. In the first volume of an ambitious three-volume project that will finally bring all of Thompson's writings together, editor William Moreau presents the Travels narrative as it existed in 1850, when the author was forced to abandon his work. Accompanying Moreau's transcription is an introductory essay and a textual introduction, extensive critical annotations, historical and modern maps, and a biographical appendix. The definitive collection of Thompson's works, The Writings of David Thompson will bring one of North American's most important early travellers and surveyors and his world to a whole new generation of readers. [less]

$34.95
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