Life and Ventures of the Original John Jacob Astor cover

Life and Ventures of the Original John Jacob Astor

Elizabeth Louisa Gebhard (1859-1924)

1. 00 - Foreword
2. 01 - A Pivotal Day
3. 02 - The Forest Village on the Old Roman Road
4. 03 - The Village School and the Old Church Bells
5. 04 - Waiting Years
6. 05 - John Helffrich's Journal
7. 06 - Leaving Home
8. 07 - England and America
9. 08 - America
10. 09 - Beginning the Fur Business
11. 10 - New York a Little City
12. 11 - Starting in Business for Himself
13. 12 - John Jacob Astor's Home and Family
14. 13 - Independence Day While It was New
15. 14 - Traversing the Wilderness
16. 15 - By Canoe Through the Great Lakes
17. 16 - Extending the Fur Trade
18. 17 - The East India Pass No. 68
19. 18 - A New Century
20. 19 - A Vision that Crossed a Continent
21. 20 - The Voyage of the Tonquin
22. 21 - Over the Rockies to Astoria
23. 22 - Carrying Dispatches to Mr. Astor
24. 23 - England's Trophy
25. 24 - John Jacob Astor and the War of 1812
26. 25 - Landlord and Airlord
27. 26 - The Astor Family
28. 27 - The Astorhaus
29. 28 - Homes and Neighbors
30. 29 - Literary Friends and Business Companions
31. 30 - Writing "Astoria"
32. 31 - Founding the Astor Library
33. 32 - Gathering the Threads Together

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John Jacob Astor was pre-eminently the opener of new paths, a breaker of trails. From his first tramp alone through the Black Forest of Baden, at sixteen, his life never lost this typical touch. In America, both shores of the Hudson, and the wilderness to the Northwest knew his trail. The trees of the forests west of the Mississippi were blazed by his hunters and trappers; and his partners and agents planted through this vast region the flag of the American Fur Company. The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were invisibly lined by the path of his vessels. His were the first American ships to habitually circle the globe, trading around the earth. With his far-sighted vision withdrawn from distant scenes, and centered on Manhattan Island, he led the way toward the upbuilding of the largest, and most important city in the new world.