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The Resource Astorian adventure : the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815, edited by Robert F. Jones

Astorian adventure : the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815, edited by Robert F. Jones

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Astorian adventure : the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815
Title
Astorian adventure
Title remainder
the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815
Statement of responsibility
edited by Robert F. Jones
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"This is the journal of a young New Yorker of good family who signed on as a clerk with John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company, incorporated in 1808, at a time when the Pacific Northwest was still disputed among the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and Russia. The company was to tap the fur resources of the Northwest as well as to establish trade with both Russian Alaska and Canton in China. The difficulties for the Pacific Fur Company, American-owned but largely Canadian-staffed, brought on by the War of 1812, are described, including the forced sale of Astoria and the company's furs and trade goods to the North West Company, a Canadian rival."--BOOK JACKET. "The young clerk recounts life and manners in the areas where he lived and worked: the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Russian Alaska, and Spanish dominions in California and Mexico. He describes the tensions and violence between whites and Indians. His descriptions often reveal that he took a superior attitude toward the French Canadians and Indians with whom he had to deal and, on at least one occasion, he frets that his contact with these rough characters will cause him to lose his gentlemanly ways. By contrast, the beauty and refined manners of young Spanish women in California nearly lead him to "a foolish act" (i.e., to a marriage proposal that would have distressed his parents)."--BOOK JACKET. "In 1947 the notebook was discovered during the renovation of Washington Irving's home in Tarrytown, New York. It is theorized that Seton himself lent the notebook to Irving who used it as a source of his history of the Pacific Fur Company, Astoria, Or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains."--BOOK JACKET
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
979.5/46
Index
index present
LC call number
F884.A8
LC item number
S48 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Astorian adventure : the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815, edited by Robert F. Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 221 p., [12] p. of plates
Isbn
9780823215034
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
93002067
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM28148110
  • CARL028148110
Label
Astorian adventure : the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815, edited by Robert F. Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 221 p., [12] p. of plates
Isbn
9780823215034
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
93002067
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM28148110
  • CARL028148110

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