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Peter Stark, correspondent for Outside magazine, recalls the partnership between business magnate John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson to create a colony on the Pacific coast in the early 19th century. The settlement, dubbed Astoria, had a short existence at the mouth of the Columbia River in present day Oregon. The author reports that Astor envisioned the settlement as a central trading post on the West Coast and Jefferson imagined a separate democratic state in the West that would eventually spread eastward and reach the rest of the country. Peter Stark speaks at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.