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The Expeditions of Jedediah Strong Smith

Smith, Jedediah Strong

Published by Cleveland : Arthur H. Clark Company, 1918 / The Ashley-Smith Explorations/ Reprint / FBRE Ltd, A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT, 1918

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Modern archival reprint of original edition, no other publication date marked. 20 pages. Paper / Soft cover reprint edition in very good or better condition, slight wear to edges. Overall good copy of this scarce title. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Historical background: Expedition of 1826-1827 : Smith spent almost a year on this journey, leaving Great Salt Lake with fifteen men for a trapping and trading expedition on August 22, 1826. The trip is summarized in this letter of Smith and the first of the two journals by his companion Harrison Rogers. Starting from an established fur trade rendezvous site at modern Laketown, Utah, Smith's party passed southwest through lands belonging to the Ute, Paiute, and Mohave nations and reached the Colorado River in early October. Crossing the Mohave Desert, they reached the Spanish mission of San Gabriel, near present-day Los Angeles, the following month, where they spent the winter. Because the Spanish would not let Smith trade in their coastal settlements, he traveled north up the central valley of California before climbing through the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the end of May. The party, crossed Nevada close to the route of modern-day U.S. Highway 6 and entered Utah near present-day Grandy. The party reached the rendezvous site near Great Salt Lake again in July, 1827. Expedition of 1827-1828 : After this trip, Smith and Rogers immediately retraced their route with another group of traders. but half were killed before they reached California. Smith, Rogers and the survivors continued north from California into Oregon and up the Pacific Coast, where all but Smith and three others were killed. The journey from California to Oregon is described in the second of Rogerso journals. Smith made it to a British trading post at modern Vancouver, British Columbia, and then to the Missouri country. Excerpt: Jedediah Strong Smith, unlike most of his contemporaries in the fur trade, came of pioneer New England stock. His father, plain Jedediah Smith, a native of New Hampshire, following that first stream of emigration into the Mohawk valley, settled in Chenango County, New York, toward the close of the eighteenth century. Here, on June 24, 1798, in the town of Bainbridge, his son, Jedediah Strong, was born, being one of fourteen children. 'Subsequently his parents pushed farther west living for a time in Erie, Pennsylvania, and finally in Ashtabula, Ohio. During his childhood, Smith acquired from a friendly physician, Dr. Simons, the rudiments, of an English education, and a smattering of Latin, and a fair hand. All through his life, Smith retained a warm affection and respect for this gentleman, whose daughter later married,one of Smith's brothers. It may very well have been he who first suggested to, Smith the utility of making a careful geographical study of the far West, an object which, Smith had seriously in mind . Size: Facsimile Bound Reprint Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 5028467

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Title: The Expeditions of Jedediah Strong Smith

Publisher: Cleveland : Arthur H. Clark Company, 1918 / The Ashley-Smith Explorations/ Reprint / FBRE Ltd, A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT

Publication Date: 1918

Binding: Scarce Title.

Edition: C: clean and unmarked Text.

Book Type: American History, Biography

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