The Resource Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c., with a scientific appendix, by John Kirk Townsend ; introduction and annotation by George A. Jobanek

Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c., with a scientific appendix, by John Kirk Townsend ; introduction and annotation by George A. Jobanek

Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c., with a scientific appendix
Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c., with a scientific appendix
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by John Kirk Townsend ; introduction and annotation by George A. Jobanek
"The Narrative chronicles a journey of discovery by the first trained naturalist to cross the American continent. As a member of Nathaniel Wyeth's 1834 expedition to the Oregon country, John Kirk Townsend journeyed west through a "rich and unexplored region" that offered scientists an "almost inexhaustible field of study". Townsend's account of his travels is an engaging, personal record of the first transcontinental trek along the route that would soon become the Oregon Trail." "The Wyeth expedition was a venture that united commerce, religion, and science. Among the company's seventy men was Jason Lee, the first American missionary to the Oregon Country, and Thomas Nuttall, the renowned English botanist. It was Nuttall who invited Townsend, a young ornithologist, to join the expedition. The Narrative documents the expedition's role in the opening of the West and records the author's scientific contributions." "This Northwest Reprints edition of the Narrative restores the original full text, including Townsend's account of his two years at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River and of his return home by way of the Hawaiian Islands and Chile. Also included is the original scientific appendix of bird and mammal life. George Jobanek's introduction provides a new appreciation of Townsend's accomplishments, and of his role as a scientific explorer in a new land."--BOOK JACKET
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Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c., with a scientific appendix, by John Kirk Townsend ; introduction and annotation by George A. Jobanek
Narrative of a journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c., with a scientific appendix, by John Kirk Townsend ; introduction and annotation by George A. Jobanek
Originally published: Philadelphia : H. Perkins, 1839
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  • Chapter I. Arrival at St. Louis ; Preparations for the journey ; Sâque Indians ; Their appearance, dress, and manners ; Squaws ; Commencement of a pedestrian tour ; Sandhill cranes ; Prairie settlers ; Their hospitality ; Wild pigeons, golden plovers, and prairie hens ; Mr. P. and his daughters ; An abundant repast ; Simplicity of the prairie maidens ; A deer and turkey hunt ; Loutre Lick hotel ; A colored charon ; Comfortable quarters ; Young men of the west ; Reflections on leaving home ; Loquacity of the inhabitants ; Gray squirrels ; Boonville ; Parroquets ; Embarkation in a steamboat ; Large catfish ; Accident on board the boat ; Arrival at Independence ; Description of the town ; Encampment of the Rocky Mountain company ; Character of the man ; Preparation for departure ; Requisites of a leader ; Backwoods familiarity ; Milton Sublette and his band ; Rev. Jason Lee, the missionary ; A letter from home ; Mormonites ; Military discipline and its consequences -- Chapter II. Departure of the caravan ; A storm on the prairie ; Arrangement of the camp ; Kanzas Indians ; Kanzas river ; Indian lodges ; Passage of the river ; Buffalo canoes ; Kanzas chief ; Upper Kaw village ; Their wigwams ; Catfish and ravens ; Return of Mr. Sublette ; Pawnee trace ; Desertion of three men ; Difficulties occasioned by losing the trail ; Intelligence of Mr. Sublette's party ; Escape of the band of horses ; Visit of three Otto Indians ; Anecdote of Richardson, the chief hunter ; His appearance and character ; White wolves and antelopes ; Buffalo bones ; Sublette's deserted camps ; Lurking wolves -- Chapter III. Arrival at the Platte river ; Wolves and antelopes ; Anxiety of the men to see buffalo ; Visit of two spies from the Grand Pawnees ; Forced march ; A herd of buffalo ; Elk ; Singular conduct of the horses ; Killing a buffalo ; Indian mode of procuring buffalo ; Great herd ; Adventure with an Indian in the tent ; Indian feat with bow and arrow ; Notice of the Pawnee tribes ; Disappearance of the buffalo from the plains of the Platte ; A hunting adventure ; Killing a buffalo ; Butchering of a bull ; Shameful destruction of the game ; Hunters' mode of quenching thirst -- Chapter IV. Change in the face of the country ; Unpleasant visitation ; N. fork of the Platte ; A day's journey over the hills ; Poor pasture ; Marmots ; Rattlesnake and gopher ; Naturalist's success and sacrifices ; A sand storm ; Wild horses ; Killing of a doe antelope ; Bluffs ; The Chimney ; "Zip Koon," the young antelope ; Birds ; Feelings and cogitations of a naturalist ; Laramie's fork ; Departure of two "free trappers" on a summer "hunt" ; Black hills ; Red butes ; Sweet-water river and Rock Independence ; Avocets ; Wind river mountains ; Rocky Mountain sheep ; Adventure with a grizzly bear ; Rattlesnakes ; Toilsome march, and arrival at Sandy river ; Suffering of the horses ; Anticipated delights of the rendezvous -- Chapter V. Arrival at the Colorado ; The author in difficulty ; Loss of a journal, and advice to traveling tyros ; The rendezvous ; Motley groups infesting it ; Rum drinking, swearing, and other accomplishments in vogue ; Description of the camp ; Trout ; Abundance of game ; Cock of the plains ; Leave the rendezvous ; An accession to the band ; A renegado Blackfoot chief ; Captain Stewart and Mr. Ashworth ; Muddy creek ; More carousing ; Abundance of trout ; Bear river ; A hard day's march ; Volcanic country ; White-clay pits and "Beer spring" ; Rare birds and common birds ; Mr. Thomas McKay ; Captain Bonneville's party ; Captains Stewart and Wyeth's visit to the lodge of the "bald chief" ; Blackfoot river ; Adventure with a grizzly bear ; Death of "Zip Koon" ; Young grizzly bears and buffalo calves ; A Blackfoot Indian ; Dangerous experiment of McKay ; The three "Tetons" ; Large trout ; Shoshoné river ; Site of "Fort Hall" ; Preparations for a buffalo hunt -- Chapter VI. Departure of the hunting camp ; A false alarm ; Blackfeet Indians ; Requisites of a mountain-man ; Good fare, and good appetites ; An experiment ; Grizzly bears ; Nez Percé Indian ; Adventure with a grizzly bear ; Hunters' anecdotes ; Homeward bound ; Arrival at "Fort Hall" ; A salute ; Emaciation from low diet ; Mr. McKay's company ; Buffalo lodges ; Effects of judicious training ; Indian worship ; A "Camp Meeting" ; Mr. Jason Lee, a favorite ; A fatal accident and a burial -- Chapter VII. Departure of McKay's party, Captain Stewart, and the missionaries ; Debauch at the fort ; Departure of the company ; Poor provision ; Blackfeet hunting ground ; Sufferings from thirst ; Goddin's creek ; Antoine Goddin, the trapper ; Scarcity of game ; A buffalo ; Rugged mountains ; More game ; Unusual economy ; Habits of the white wolf ; "Thornburg's pass" ; Difficult travelling ; The captain in jeopardy among the snow ; A countermarch ; Deserted Banneck camp ; Toilsome and dangerous passage of the mountain ; Mallade river ; Beaver dams, and beaver ; A party of Snake Indians ; Another Banneck camp ; "Kamas prairie" ; Indian mode of preparing the kamas ; Racine blanc, or biscuit root ; Loss of horses by fatigue ; Boisée or Big-wood river ; Salmon ; Choke-cherries, &c. -- Chapter VIII. A substitute for game, and a luxurious breakfast ; Expectations of a repast, and a disappointment ; Visit of a Snake chief ; His abhorrence of horse meat ; A band of Snake Indians ; Their chief ; Trade with Indians for salmon ; Mr. Ashworth's adventure ; An Indian horse-thief ; Visit to the Snake camp ; Its filthiness ; A Banneck camp ; Supercilious conduct of the Indians ; Arrival at Snake river ; Equipment of a trapping party ; Indian mode of catching salmon ; Loss of a favorite horse ; Powder river ; Cut rocks ; Recovery of the lost trail ; Grand Ronde ; Captain Bonneville ; His fondness for a roving life ; Kayouse and Nez Percé Indians ; Their appearance ; An Indian beauty ; Blue mountains ; A feline visit -- Chapter IX. Passage of the Blue Mountains ; Sufferings from thirst ; Utalla river ; A transformation ; A novel meal ; Walla-walla river ; Columbia river and Fort Walla-walla ; A dinner with the missionaries ; Anecdote of Mr. Lee ; A noble repast ; Brief notice of the Fort ; Departure of the missionaries ; Notice of the Walla-walla Indians ; Departure for Fort Vancouver ; Wild ducks ; Indian graves ; Indian horses ; Visits from Indians ; Ophthalmia, a prevalent disease ; Rough travelling ; A company of Chinook Indians ; The Dalles ; The party joined by Captain Wyeth ; Embarkation in canoes ; A heavy gale ; Dangerous navigation ; Pusillanimous conduct of an Indian helmsman ; A zealous botanist ; Departure of Captain Wyeth with five men ; Cascades ; A portage ; Meeting with the missionaries ; Loss of a canoe ; A toilsome duty ; Arrival at Fort Vancouver ; Reflections suggested by it ; Dr. John McLoughlin, the chief factor ; Domiciliations of the travellers at Fort Vancouver -- Chapter X. Fort Vancouver ; Agricultural and other improvements ; Vancouver "camp" ; Approach of the rainy season ; Expedition to the Wallammet ; The falls ; A village of Klikatat Indians ; Manner of flattening the head ; A Flathead infant ; Brig "May Dacre" ; Preparations for a settlement ; Success of the naturalists ; Chinook Indians ; Their appearance and costume ; Ague and fever ; Superstitious dread of the Indians ; Desertion of the Sandwich Islanders from Captain Wyeth's party ; Embarkation for a trip to the Islands ; George, the Indian pilot ; Mount Coffin ; A visit to the tombs ; Superstition ; Visit to an Indian house ; Fort George ; Site of Astoria ; A blind Indian boy ; Cruel and unfeeling conduct of the savages ; Their moral character ; Baker's Bay ; Cape Disappointment ; Dangerous bar at the entrance of the river ; The sea beach ; Visit of Mr. Ogden ; Passage across the bar ; Sea birds ; Landsmen at sea ; A sperm whale ; Albatrosses, &c
  • ; Tropic birds ; A "school" of whales ; Dolphins ; Make the Sandwich Islands ; Oahu ; A rhapsody -- Chapter XI. Honoruru ; Native canoes ; Amphibious habits ; Captain Charlton, his Britanic Majesty's consul ; Mr. Jones, the American consul ; Reception by him ; Description of the town, and of the natives ; Party-colored hair of the women ; The pagoda ; A visit from Rev. Hiram Bingham, the missionary ; Opinions regarding the missionary fraternity ; First view of the king, Kauikeaouli ; His train ; Seaman's chapel ; A visit to the native church ; Kinau and Kekuanoa ; Orderly conduct of the natives during worship ; Introduction to the king ; His fondness for the chase, and athletic exercises ; Native food ; Manner of eating ; The rumi-rumi ; Its efficacy ; A Lu au party ; The valley of Nuano ; A visit to the Pari ; The last battle of Tamehemaha ; A feast ; Manner of cooking ; A party of native ladies ; An adventure -- Chapter XII. Visit to the island of Kauai ; A royal call ; Rev. P.J. Gulick, the missionary ; Description of the island ; A present from Kauikeaouli ; Royal mode of obtaining supplies ; A change of residence ; Excurisons through the country ; Birds ; Native method of catching them ; The travellers wind-bound ; Shell hunting ; Habits of the natives ; Beach food, and mode of eating it ; Visit of the king, and governor Kekeoeva ; Characteristics of the latter ; Anxiety of the king to return home ; Arrival of his followers ; A metamorphosis ; A royal supper ; Evening service ; Royal guard ; A sail in sight ; Joy of the king ; His letter ; Return of the Avon ; Departure from Kauai, and arrival at Oahu ; A pic-nic party at Pearl river ; Calabash dance by the natives ; Departure for Columbia river ; A primitive passage to the shore ; A storm at sea ; A flight of shore birds ; Land ahead ; Arrival at the Columbia
  • Chapter XIII. Passage up the Columbia ; Birds ; A trip to the Wallammet ; Methodist missionaries ; Their prospects ; Fort William ; Band-tail pigeons ; Wretched condition of the Indians at the falls ; A Kallapooyah village ; Indian cemetery ; Superstitions ; Treatment of diseases ; Method of steaming ; "Making medicine" ; Indian sorcerers ; An interruption of festivities ; Death of Thornburg ; An inquest ; Verdict of the jury ; Inordinate appetite for ardent spirits ; Misfortunes of the American Company ; Eight men drowned ; Murder of two trappers by the Banneck Indians ; Arrival of Captain Thing ; His meeting and skirmish with the Blackfeet Indians ; Massacre ; A narrow escape -- Chapter XIV. Indians of the Columbia ; Their melancholy condition ; Departure of Mr. Nuttall and Dr. Gairdner ; A new vocation ; Arrival of the Rev. Samuel Parker ; His object ; Departure of the American brig ; Swans ; Indian mode of taking them ; A large wolf ; An Indian mummy ; A night adventure ; A discovery, and restoration of stolen property ; Fraternal tenderness of an Indian ; Indian vengeance ; Death of Waskéma, the Indian girl ; "Busy-body" the little chief ; A village of Kowalitsk Indians ; Ceremony of "making medicine" ; Exposure of an impostor ; Success of legitimate medicines ; Departure from Fort Vancouver for a visit to the interior ; Arrival of a stranger ; "Cape Horn" ; Tilki the Indian chief ; Indian villages ; Arrival at Fort Walla-walla ; Sharp-tailed grouse ; Commencement of a journey to the Blue mountains -- Chapter XV. A village of Kayouse Indians ; Their occupation ; Appearance and dresses of the women ; Family worship ; Its good effects ; Visit to the Blue mountains ; Dusky grouse ; Return to Walla-walla ; Arrival of Mr. McLeod, and the missionaries ; Letters from home ; Death of Antoine Goddin, the trapper ; A renegado white man ; Assault by the Walla-walla Indians ; Missionary duties ; Passage down the Columbia ; Rapids ; A dog for supper ; Prairies on fire ; A nocturnal visit ; Fishing Indians ; Their romantic appearance ; Salmon huts ; The shoots ; Dangerous navigation ; Death of Tilki ; Seals ; Indian stoicism and contempt of pain ; Skookoom, the strong chief ; His death ; Maiming, an evidence of grief ; Arrival at Fort Vancouver ; A visit to Fort George ; Indian cemeteries ; Lewis and Clarke's house ; A medal ; Visit to Chinook ; Hospitality of the Indians ; Chinamus' house ; The idol ; Canine inmates -- Chapter XVI. Northern excursion ; Salmon ; Indian mode of catching them ; Flathead children ; A storm on the bay ; Pintail ducks ; Simple mode of killing salmon ; Return to Chinook ; Indian garrulity ; Return to Fort George ; Preparations for a second trip to the Sandwich Islands ; Detention within the cape ; The tropics, and tropic birds ; Make the Island of Maui ; Arrival at Oahu ; Accession to the society ; A visit to the king ; Illness of the princess, Harieta Nahienaena ; Abrupt exit of the king ; A ride to Waititi ; Cocoanut grove ; Native mode of climbing ; Death of the princess ; Grief of her people ; Barbarous ceremonies ; Residence in the valley of Nuano ; A visit to the palace ; Kahiles ; Coffin of the princess, and inscription ; Appurtenances ; Ceremony of carrying the body to the church ; Description of the pageant ; Dress of the king ; Conclusion of the ceremony -- Chapter XVII. Embarkation for a tour of the islands ; Lahaina ; Forts ; Lahainaluna ; Missionaries of Maui ; High school ; Progress of the pupils ; Karakakua bay ; Kairua ; Cook's rock ; Reverence of the natives for his memory ; Cook's monument ; Birds ; Kawaihae ; Colossal mountains ; Mrs. Young ; Heiau, or native temple ; Human sacrifices ; Morai ; Heathenish rites ; A cargo of cattle ; Unsavory practice of the native women ; Departure from Oahu ; A sail by moonlight ; Dean's island ; A "complaisant" ; Arrival at Tahiti ; Native pilot ; Papeete' bay ; Appearance of the shore ; Visit from foreigners ; A ramble on shore ; Orange groves, &c. ; A young native songster ; Visit to the queen ; Mr. Pritchard, the missionary ; Native service ; The chapel ; A bedridden Tahaitian ; Jungle fowls ; Leave the harbor ; Dangerous navigation ; A narrow escape ; A shipwreck -- Chapter XVIII. Island of Eimeo ; Juan Fernandez ; Make the coast of Chili ; The shore ; Town of Valparaiso ; Suburbs ; Indisposition ; Kindness of the foreign residents, &c. ; Preparation by the Chilian government for an expedition against Peru ; Foreign adventurers ; Disaffection of Vidaurre and other officers in the Chilian army ; Murder of Signor Portales by the rebels ; Preparation for invading the town of Valparaiso ; Consternation of the inhabitants ; A battle ; Defeat of the insurgents ; Capture and imprisonment of Vidaurre and seven officers ; Florine, the murderer ; Sentence of the court martial ; A military execution ; Appearance of the bodies after death ; Sail for the United States ; Cape Horn ; Pernambuco ; Cape Henlopen ; A gale ; Arrival at Philadelphia
  • Appendix. Catalogue of quadrupeds found in the Territory of Oregon. Catalogue of birds found in the Territory of Oregon
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