Winner of the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime historyFinalist for the Nereus Writers' Trust Non-fiction AwardFinalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, BC Book PrizeLonglisted for the 2007 Victoria Butler Book PrizeHonourable Mention for the Canadian Nautical Research Society's Keith Matthews AwardFortune's a River is the most authoritaWinner of the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime historyFinalist for the Nereus Writers' Trust Non-fiction AwardFinalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, BC Book PrizeLonglisted for the 2007 Victoria Butler Book PrizeHonourable Mention for the Canadian Nautical Research Society's Keith Matthews AwardFortune's a River is the most authoritative and readable account to date of just how British Columbia became British and how Oregon, Washington and Alaska became American. By the closing years of the 18th century, the stage was set for a major international confrontation over the Northwest Coast. Imperial Russia was firmly established in Alaska, Spain was extending its trade routes north from Mexico, Captain James Cook had claimed Northwest America for England and Captain Robert Gray had claimed the Columbia River region for the United States. Open warfare between Spain and England was narrowly averted during the Nootka Sound Controversy of 1789-1794, and again between Britain and the US in the War of 1812, when a British warship seized American property in Oregon.In Fortune's a River, noted historian Barry Gough re-examines this Imperial struggle for possession of the future British Columbia and fully evokes its peculiar drama. It turned out the great powers were reluctant conquerors in this area. Russia and Spain withdrew of their own accord. Britain was in a position to dominate, but couldn't be bothered. The US vaguely wished to fulfill its manifest destiny by securing the Northwest Coast, but it was not a priority. In the end the battle was carried on by private enterprise and individuals of vision. Alexander Mackenzie established an overland route to the coast and with his partners Simon Fraser and David Thompson, set up a network of fur trading forts south to Oregon. US president Thomas Jefferson countered by sending out the Lewis and Clark expedition to strengthen American claims and an American entrepreneur, John Jacob Astor, established a lonely US outpost at Astoria. Gough examines each of the players in this territorial drama, bringing them fully to life and vividly recounting their hardships and struggles. Fortune's a River is a major historical work that reads like a wild west adventure....
|Title||:||Fortune's A River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Pages|
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Fortune's A River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America Reviews
Barry Gough's writing is complex and therefore a little hard to follow, but his stories are fascinating and he writes about the fur trade -- at least in this book he does. I enjoyed this book but it is not one you can put down and pick up a few days later.
Fascinating subject. Pity the maps were not bigger and more numerous.
I didn't finish it. I guess if I were Canadian, I'd have found the historical content more relevant. The book is scholarly and well written...my bad.
Short of maps, which definitely would have helped but otherwise a decent enough read about the contest for the Pacific Northwest.