By Reuben Gold Thwaites
Nineteenth-century American trip literature offers attention-grabbing glimpses into the lives of normal humans and into the background of the nation's cost. Reuben Gold Thwaites's Afloat at the Ohio is a good instance of the style, wealthy in Ohio River personalities, legends, and background as obvious via Thwaites's eyes. His six-week trip by way of skiff coated 1000 miles from Redstone, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, the place the Ohio River meets the Mississippi. Thwaites's voyage echoes these taken through early explorers, pioneers, and settlers who unfolded the West via river trip from the East.This version is a reprinting of the unique 1897 edition.
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A motley company have here performed their parts: Savages of the mound-building age, rearing upon these banks curious earthworks for archaeologists of the nineteenth century to puzzle over; Iroquois war-parties, silently swooping upon sleeping villages of the Shawanese, and in noisy glee returning to the New York lakes, laden with spoils and captives; La Salle, prince of French explorers and coureurs de bois, standing at the Falls of Page xii the Ohio, and seeking to fathom the geographical mysteries of the continent; French and English fur-traders, in bitter contention for the patronage of the red man; borderers of the rival nations, shedding each other's blood in protracted partisan wars; surveyors like Washington and Boone and the MeAfees, clad in fringed hunting-shirts and leathern leggings, mapping out future states; hardy frontiersmen, fighting, hunting, or farming, as occasion demanded; George Rogers Clark, descending the river with his handful of heroic Virginians to win for the United States the great Northwest, and for himself the laurels of fame; the Marietta pilgrims, beating Revolutionary swords into Ohio plowshares; and all that succeeding tide of immigrants from our own Atlantic coast and every corner of Europe, pouring down the great valley to plant powerful commonwealths beyond the mountains.
This busy, prosperous-looking place bears little resemblance to the squalid Indian village which Gist found here in November, 1750. It was then the seat of Barney Curran, an Indian traderthe same Curran whom Washington, three years later, employed in the mission to Venango. But the smaller sister town of Beaver, on the lower side of the mouth,or rather the western outskirts of Beaver a mile below the mouth,has the most ancient history. On account of a ford across the Beaver, about where is now a slack-water dam, the neighborhood became of early importance to the French as a fur-trading center.
Includes bibliographical references and index. Series. , Professor of American History in the University of Wisconsin, who loves his native West and with rare insight and gift of phrase interprets her story, this Log of the "Pilgrim" is cordially inscribed, Page vii Contents. Preface. xi Chapter I. On the MonongahelaThe Over-Mountain PathRedstone Old FortThe YoughioghenyBraddock's Defeat. 1 Chapter II. First Day on the OhioAt Logstown. 22 Chapter III. Shingis Old TownThe DynamiterYellow Creek.