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Fort Astoria

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In 1808 John Jacob Astor secured a charter from the state of New York creating the American Fur Company. The most ambitious of his schemes was the establishment 26of a trading post at the mouth of the Columbia River, to exploit the wealth of the Northwestern wilderness. To promote this enterprise, Astor organized the subsidiary Pacific Fur Company and sent out two expeditions, one of which went by sea around Cape Horn, while the other was to proceed overland along the route of Lewis and Clark. The overland Astorians achieved fame as the first transcontinental expedition after Lewis and Clark, but fate decreed that they should blaze their own trail—through Jackson’s Hole.

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Colter's Hell and Jackson's Hole
The Fur Trappers' Exploration of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Park Region
By Merrill J. Mattes
Published 1962
Available from gutenberg.org
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America, Settlement
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