Pioneers of the Pacific Coast

A Chronicle of Sea Rovers and Fur Hunters

Author: Agnes C. Laut
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,996 / 93 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.7
LoC Categories: ,
Downloads: 1,029
Added to site: 2009.09.02
mnybks.net#: 25181
Origin: gutenberg.org
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g hours till his screams could be heard through the palace halls--he issued a commission for one of the greatest expeditions of discovery that ever set out for America--a commission to Vitus {14} Bering, the Dane, to explore the Pacific for Russia.

Like Peter the Great, Vitus Bering had served an apprenticeship with the East India Company. It is more than probable that he first met his royal patron while he was in this service. While other expeditions to explore America had but to cross the sea before beginning their quest, Bering's expedition had to cross the width of Europe, and then the width of Asia, before it could reach even the sea. Between St Petersburg and the Pacific lay six thousand miles of mountain and tundra. Caravans, flat-boats, and dog-trains must be provided to transport supplies; and the vessels to be used at the end of the land journey must be built on the Pacific. The explorers were commissioned to levy tribute for food and fur on Tartar tribes as their caravans worked slowly eastw

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