Overview:A Journey through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory - In A Journey through the West, Thomas Rodney writes vividly about flea-infested taverns, bad roads, drunken crew members, squatters, Indians sodden berths, food from the wild and treacherous waters. His is one of the most detailed early-nineteenth-century travel accounts.Rodney, a Revolutionary War patriot and veteran, had been active in Delaware politics and had served in the Continental Congress. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him as a land commissioner and a territorial judge in the newly formed Mississippi Territory. To assume his duties, Rodney and a small party traveled overland from Delaware across the length of southern Pennsylvania to Wheeling, (West) Virginia. From there, they boarded their newly constructed boat on the Ohio River and rowed, sailed, and drifted along the borders of (West) Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Finally they left the clear rapids of the Ohio and entered the muddy yet majestic Mississippi. They traveled southwesterly into a vast, exotic wilderness valley. The western shore of the Mississippi was still owned by Spain, and foreign soldiers were spotted. Under pressure to meet Rodney's deadline for arrival in Mississippi Territory, the travelers were grateful for the Mississippi's fast current. Yet in the journey's last days they were faced with adventures and with near disaster when their boat struck a snag and partially sank.Rodney kept a precise journal and sent letters to President Jefferson documenting his trek from the settled East through the barely chartered paths of the western wilderness. He hobnobbed with Meriwether Lewis, enjoyed the hospitality of Harman Blennerhassett, and received a tour of Cincinnati from Arthur St. Clair.Dwight Smith and Ray Swick have compiled, edited and annotated Rodney's story to present it in complete form for the first time. A Journey through the West, is both a travel adventure and a colorful glimpse into the life of his day.
This book is on page /a06b960ac9dc90216ed4e00b41bc8290/book/1603725684-9780821411797. It was written by the following authors: Ray Swick, Dwight L. Smith, Thomas Rodney. Book A Journey through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory, which can be read online, published by the company: Ohio University Press. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Maps, Travel, History. The book was published on 1997-10-31 00:00:00. It has 294 pages and is published in Hardback format and weight 658 g. File for download A Journey through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory has PDF format and is called a-journey-through-the-west-thomas-rodneys-1803-journal-from-delaware-to-the-mississippi-territory.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our topcanal.eu site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.
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