Frémont's First Impressions

Frémont's First Impressions

The Original Report of His Exploring Expeditions of 1842-1844

Book - 2012
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In 1842 John C. Fr#65533;mont led a party of twenty-five men on a five-month journey from Saint Louis to the Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains; his goal: to chart the best route to Oregon. In 1843 Fr#65533;mont was commissioned for another expedition, to explore the Great Salt Lake, Washington, eastern California, Carson Pass, and the San Joaquin Valley, places that did not yet belong to the United States.

His journals from these expeditions, edited in collaboration with his wife, Jessie Benton Fr#65533;mont, and published by Congress, thrilled the nation and firmly established Fr#65533;mont's persona as the Great Pathfinder. Part descriptive survey, part rousing adventure story, Fr#65533;mont's account was far more than a traveler's guide. His tales of courage and wit, descriptions of beautiful landscapes, and observations about Native Americans strengthened Americans' sense of a national identity and belief in Manifest Destiny. Still a fascinating page-turner today, Fr#65533;mont's report documents the opening of the West even as it offers a firsthand look at the making of the American myth.

Anne F. Hyde provides an introduction to this signature American story that contextualizes the report, outlines Fr#65533;mont's rise and fall, and shows how, for better or worse, this explorer exemplifies the nineteenth-century American spirit.

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780803271357
0803271352
Branch Call Number: 978.02/FREMONT
Characteristics: xxvi, 366 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hyde, Anne Farrar 1960-

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