Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
by Peter Stark
In the tradition of The Lost City of Z, Astoria is the thrilling true adventure tale of the now forgotten 1810 Astor Expedition.At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day.Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon.He dispatched two groups of men west: one by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies.Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey.