The Life and Ventures of the Original John Jacob Astor

Elizabeth Louisa GEBHARD (1859 - 1924)


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 With his far-sighted vision withdrawn from distant scenes, and centered on Manhattan Island, he led the way toward the upbuilding of the largest, and most important city in the new world. (Summary from book's Foreword)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Foreword Pamela Krantz
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Play 01 01 - A Pivotal Day Phil Chenevert
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Play 02 02 - The Forest Village on the Old Roman Road Guero
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Play 03 03 - The Village School and the Old Church Bells Julia Niedermaier
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Play 04 04 - Waiting Years rookieblue
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Play 05 05 - John Helffrich's Journal rookieblue
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Play 06 06 - Leaving Home rookieblue
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Play 07 07 - England and America Ruth Golding
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Play 08 08 - America Kajo
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Play 09 09 - Beginning the Fur Business Guero
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Play 10 10 - New York a Little City Guero
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Play 11 11 - Starting in Business for Himself dwarner30uk
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Play 12 12 - John Jacob Astor's Home and Family dwarner30uk
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Play 13 13 - Independence Day While It was New rookieblue
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Play 14 14 - Traversing the Wilderness laurencetrask
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Play 15 15 - By Canoe Through the Great Lakes laurencetrask
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Play 16 16 - Extending the Fur Trade dwarner30uk
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Play 17 17 - The East India Pass No. 68 dwarner30uk
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Play 18 18 - A New Century dwarner30uk
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Play 19 19 - A Vision that Crossed a Continent dwarner30uk
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Play 20 20 - The Voyage of the Tonquin dwarner30uk
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Play 21 21 - Over the Rockies to Astoria dwarner30uk
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Play 22 22 - Carrying Dispatches to Mr. Astor dwarner30uk
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Play 23 23 - England's Trophy dwarner30uk
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Play 24 24 - John Jacob Astor and the War of 1812 dwarner30uk
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Play 25 25 - Landlord and Airlord Xela99
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Play 26 26 - The Astor Family Marie Hoffman
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Play 27 27 - The Astorhaus VO Boy
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Play 28 28 - Homes and Neighbors VO Boy
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Play 29 29 - Literary Friends and Business Companions DPranitis
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Play 30 30 - Writing "Astoria" dwarner30uk
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Play 31 31 - Founding the Astor Library DPranitis
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Play 32 32 - Gathering the Threads Together Pamela Krantz
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