Cover of: Morning of fire | Scott Ridley

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Four years after the Revolutionary War, America's independence was still in doubt. The new nation needed money and a vital surge in trade. In 1787, a group of Boston merchants decided to send two ships on a desperate mission around Cape Horn and into the Pacific Ocean, to establish new trade with China, settle an outpost on territory claimed by the Spanish, and find the legendary Northwest Passage. The seven-year adventure, known as the Columbia Expedition, would bring the world to the brink of war. The man chosen to lead the expedition was John Kendrick--a master navigator and a charismatic captain of privateers during the Revolution. On the far side of the world, Kendrick would have to rely on his bravery, his charm, and his remarkable resolve to navigate unknown waters, negotiate with cutthroat imperialists from England and Spain, and form alliances with natives hit hard by early encounters with Europeans.--From publisher description.

Table of Contents

Morning of fire -- -- pt. I.
The journey outward. Out of a time of great peril --
Passage to the underworld --
Spain's frontier --
Refuge --
Halting the incursion -- pt. II. Infinite wilderness. Nootka --
Seizure --
The golden fleece --
Divided dreams --
A place of skulls -- -- pt. III.
Odyssey. Volatile paradise --
House of cards --
Columbia's homecoming --
An American presence --
Long-awaited return -- -- pt. IV.
Edge of empire. A soft war --
Survival and seduction --
A rising tide --
Possession --
Last season --
The fire's reach -- -- Epilogue:
Legacy for a new nation.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-444) and index.

Other Titles
John Kendrick's daring American odyssey in the Pacific


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
F851.5 .R53 2010

The Physical Object

xii, 452 pages :
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0061700126, 0061700193
9780061700125, 9780061700194
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