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Exploring North America, 1800-1900

Facts on File

By Maurice Isserman
Posted March 1, 2005
Tags Faculty Books
Exploring North America, 1800-1900, traces the history of the exploration of western North America during the 19th century, an immensely complicated story involving thousands of individuals over a territory of millions of square miles, and the impact of that exploration on the national histories of both the United States and Canada.

Introduction


Highlights of the book include:
• The fur trade’s role in the exploration of North America, encompassing such events as John Jacob Astor’s establishment of the American Fur Company
• The U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers’ scientific exploration and mapping of the western United States
• John C. Fremont’s five expeditions between 1842 and 1854 that covered more than 20,000 miles, some of them in present-day California
• John Wesley Powell’s summer 1869 expedition that traversed the length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
• The Klondike gold rush and Alaska

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