Seven Trails West by Arthur King Peters

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This volume tells many stories in one: the epic tale of men and women (some of them famous trailbreakers, some little known); the lures that attracted these pragmatic dreamers to the West; and the ordeals and disappointments they overcame along the way. Illustrated with archival photographs, paintings, maps and documents, the book offers the general reader an overview of the western trail network that bound an immature nation together and provided an armature for later development.

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Published June 1, 1996 by Abbeville Press. 252 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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The apex (or nadir, depending on your point of view) was reached with the transcontinental railroad irrevocably linking the country: ``From sea to sea, America was now one nation.'' The railroad was forced down the throats of Native Americans with Sherman's ugly Indian policy: ``The more we can k...

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Peters surveys the major migration routes: the Santa Fe Trail (commercial), the Oregon-California Trail (probably the best known), the Mormon Trail and the communication trails (Pony Express, Telegraph, Railroad).

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With the aid of more thantwo hundred historic and contemporary photographs and maps, Peters presents an account of life on the seven major"trails" that forged links between the eastern United States and the Far West during the nineteenth century.

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