Seduced By The West

Seduced By The West

by Laurie Winn Carlson, L. Carlson

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In her provocative new book, Laurie Winn Carlson questions the larger aims of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 and sees it as part of a broad range of schemes to wrest the American West from the claims of established European powers. If American ships were already plying the waters off the Pacific Northwest coast, why, Ms. Carlson asks, was it necessary to send these two intrepid explorers overland-except as a demonstration of American reach, and perhaps as a ploy to tempt the Spanish to attack the expedition, thus provoking a war with Spain in Florida and the West. Ms. Carlson views the Lewis and Clark expedition as just one of several schemes to seize Western lands from foreign powers and extend the new United States to the Pacific. And behind the scenes in most all of them was the Virginian who actually knew little about the region but under whose presidency the Louisiana Purchase was completed, Thomas Jefferson. As Ms. Carlson notes, Jefferson never traveled west, but he was involved to varying degrees with men who did the exploring, organizing, and trekking at the Western frontiers-men who left few papers for historians to pursue and have been largely forgotten. Seduced by the West investigates the wide range of players in this drama of intrigue and possibilities. Russia, Spain, England, and France all tried to explore the West, and all for different reasons. Only one nation succeeded, but as Ms. Carlson shows, it was not always a simple task-or even an intended one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566634908
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Lewis & Clark Expedition
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Laurie Winn Carlson's A Fever in Salem, a new interpretation of the New England witch trials, was widely praised. She has also written frequently on the history of the West, including Cattle: An Informal Social HIstory; Sidesaddles to Heaven; and Boss of the Plains. She lives in Cheney, Washington.

Table of Contents

1Away to the North Pacific3
2To the West by East: John Ledyard's Venture25
3The French Botanist, the Fading War Hero, and Dreams of Empire41
4Wild Horses, Yellow Journalists, and a Lover of Glory62
6The Perfect Bait112
7Agent 13127
8The Burr Conspiracy148
9Whatever Happened to Meriwether Lewis?168
10The Wrest of the West188

What People are Saying About This


Laurie Winn an entertaining, creative writer who asks many intriguing questions.

Dave Howard

Engaging reading.
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Annals of Iowa

...An interesting narrative of western events.... Will remind fluid and exciting the events of the early national era were.

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ksmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carlson's thesis is that Lewis and Clark, and similar military expeditions into the west were thinly veiled efforts to project American military presence into the west, threatening Spanish authority over the Southwest. A fascinating read.