Astorian Adventure: The Journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815 by Alfred SetonAstorian Adventure: The Journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815 by Alfred Seton

Astorian Adventure: The Journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815

byAlfred SetonEditorRobert F. Jones

Hardcover | November 18, 1993

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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.
Robert F. Jones is Professor of History at Fordham University.
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Title:Astorian Adventure: The Journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.79 inPublished:November 18, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823215032

ISBN - 13:9780823215034

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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. 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 con

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?. . . Seton?s journal is an interesting account of life in the wilderness, and this reviewer strongly recommends it for both researchers and for the casual reader on western history.?