History of Oregon; The Growth of an American State Volume 1

History of Oregon; The Growth of an American State Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...are reefs or shoals on these coasts, which is also shown by the color of the water. In some places the coast presents a beach, in others it is rocky. "A flat-topped mountain, which I named the Table, will enable any navigator to know the position of Cape Falcon without observing it; as it is in the latitude of 45 degrees 28 minutes, and may be seen at a great distance, being somewhat elevated.' This description of the mouth of the Columbia by the old Spanish navigator will be recognized by all those familiar with it as very accurate, as seen from outside. Greenhow, even from simple evidence of correctness, may well remark that there is no doubt about the genuineness of Heceta's discovery. The red iron-stained earth of Cape Disappointment, and of all the clayey or rocky hills jutting on the coast; their rather low elevation, the leafy, or fronded appearance of Point Adams, the low Clatsop Plains, which he seems to consider an island, as also some of the low lands to the north, which he mistook for the same, with a true Spanish predilection; and then the jutting promontory of Cape Falcon, and the tableshaped top of the receding mountain, are all true to the life. The south slopes of all these hills, including Chinook, the Astoria peninsula, portions of Tillamook Head, and Nehahni Mountain, are also bald, or were much more so in those times than now. Evidently the weather was all that could be desired on the 17th and 18th of August, 1775; as any impediment from storm, or fog, or smoke, would otherwise have been included among the reasons given for not making an entrance. It is probable, however, that Heceta acted wisely in not attempting an entrance at evening. But he might very easily have proved his surmises by a few days' delay; and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487656
  • 9781236487650