Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman - I haven't finished reading this yet as it is a slow read - full of interesting details of his travels and companions, indians, etc. Very captivating as his descriptions of the areas, rivers, prairies, forts are incredible. You are almost there. I have found myself going back and reading again in places and then going on ahead. Wonderful book and told by someone who was actually there. I love history written by the person that actually lived it.
If you get this book and enjoyed it as much as I am, let me recommend "Boots and Saddles" written by Elizabeth Custer wife of General Custer. It is a wonderful book as she traveled with him whenever she could. I well written account of first hand adventure in the Dakotas, Wyoming in a sweeping trip hobnobbing with the Sioux. The scope of the buffalo herds is captured fairly well. Written before Red Cloud's War when Sioux and whites got along, it was a time when the Oregon trail was pounding its way across Nebraska and Wyoming.
Parkman takes to horse in a large loop up the Missouri, to Platte River country, up the side of the Wind River Mtns, and down the Santa Fe trail ending up back in the settlements. A great read for anyone interested in s history of the West, by a man who was there. A few mistakes in the digital Kindle version due to scan errors not corrected but not too bad a transfer.
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One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This was a grand book. I have read many books on the Oregon Trail.
This one rates right up at the top. My family were pioneers who came to Oregon later, leaving Ohio but going to Colorado to mine. When the gold ran out, they started to Oregon in My ggg grandmother died on the trail and is buried in an unknown grave in Colorado. I loved marching along with these folks as the maps and renditions take the reader mile after mile on their weary way. Although they did leave out a bit about coming down the snake river and into Baker valley, skipping over that to reach the next valley which is La Grande and the Grand Ronde valley.
There is a beautiful historical center at Baker which is all about the history of the Oregon Trail.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the migration. All school children should read it. The struggles these folks went thru to find their dreams will make them shudder. A fascinating account because it was a window into life on the frontier written at the moment when white settlers began to arrive in the prairie and Rocky Mountain area.
The author foresaw the future of the native population and was something of a visionary in his desire to chronicle their way of life. At the same time, the vocabulary that he used was easy to understand but not the words that we would use today -- today we would call his writing style pretentious. But the rugged life he endured -- most of us couldn't and wouldn't! Some of his descriptions of various peoples would be so politically incorrect today as to be eye-popping, and he seemed to be very open minded and democratic for his day.
Fascinating -- and how times have changed! Since getting a Kindle for Christmas, I can't stop reading this sort of thing! Extremely well-written account of life on the plains and mountains among the Dakotas named "Sioux" by the French, we learn , mountain men, and an amazing assortment of characters, all described in intricate detail. I've rarely read a book, from any era, which conjures images as vivid as this one does. This account is a "can't put it down" narrative. Learned a lot of interesting annecdotes.
For example, Parkman describes a scene of mourning in which the Indians, in their lamentations, sound like they are saying "hallelujah," which apparently, along with other "coincidences," lead the founders of the Mormon theology to conceive the "absurd notion" that the Indians were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel.
This is a fascinating, contemporaneous comment on the then-early Mormon church. True, verified history, unvarnished as it would be by later historians. If you like this genre, be sure to read William F. Drannan's "31 Years on the Plains and in the Mountains. Having just moved to Oregon, I wanted to know more about the Oregon trail. I loved this book.
It is a historical novel and really describes not only the hardships of the trail but also the vast country, diversity of both pioneers and native people and the social and political conditions of the time. I could not put his book down and was sorry when it ended. Complelling characters, lots of adventure and intrigue and great descriptions. Looking forward to learning more about Oregon history and visiting some of the sites mentioned on the book. This book was easy to read. It was a first person experience of over years ago. The book helps you understand the changing of America. The hardships that were endured by the families on the trail compared to the ease in which we travel are eye opening.
I chose this book to read on my Kindle because it was free. But I became pulled into the story of Frances Parkmans journey to meet Indians on his "summer vacation".
His journals give a very detailed picture of what like was like on the frontier in the early and mid 's. His adventures were quite amazing, but the best thing about the book is that all his adventures are true. After reading this book do a google look up on Parkman and you will find what is written in history is exactly the way he portrays himself in his journal. Very interesting, a excellent read for those who love American history and history of American Indians. Parkmans "english" is sometimes hard to understand but it will give you a good laugh. See all reviews.
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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Revised at least four times by the author the last revision dates from , it has since become "the perennial favorite of highschool reading lists" E. The account of a summer tour of the High Plains of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas met with the acclaim of early reviewers like Herman Melville, who, though he on the whole lauded the book for "the true wild-game flavor," complained of its demeaning presentation of Native Americans and its misleading title.
Parkman's excursion led him only along the first third, the flat stretch of the 2, mile trail; he never saw the cruelest parts across the mountains and deserts. For more on Francis Parkman and his book the Oregon Trail. Map of Major Western Trails. Historic Site home page. The Donner Party website by Dan M. Oregon Trail, overland pioneer route to the northwestern United States.
The Oregon Trail
About 2, miles long, the trail extended from Independence, Missouri, to the Columbia River in Oregon. The first part of the route followed the Platte River for miles through what is now Nebraska to Fort Laramie in present-day Wyoming. In time, alternate routes developed. A more direct route, for example, from the South Pass to the Bear River was Sublette's Cutoff, which was 53 miles shorter but more arid than the main trail. Originally, like many of the main roads of the country, sections of the Oregon Trail had been crossed by the Native Americans and trappers.
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The German-American fur trader and financier John Jacob Astor, in establishing his trading posts, dispatched a party overland in to follow in the trail of these explorers. Later, mountain men such as James Bridger, who founded Fort Bridger in , contributed their knowledge of the trail and often acted as guides. The first emigrant wagon train, headed by the American pioneer physician Elijah White, reached Oregon in The trip took the early pioneers some five or six months, a journey fraught with much hardship resulting from poor equipment, illness, and attack by the Native Americans, for whom the growing number of travellers on the trail was an ever-constant threat.