U.S. History

"Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival"

Peter Stark

About the Program

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.

About the Authors

Peter Stark

Peter Stark's books include The Last Empty Spaces: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map.  He is a correspondent for Outside magazine.  For more information, visit peterstarkauthor.com.


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"Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival"

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