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Wilf Woods | The West that might have been

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The early history of the Pacific Northwest’s division between Britain and the U.S. rests in part on the outcome of John Jacob Astor’s fur enterprise.

He had a broad vision of making Astoria the center of a fur empire of the West, was frustrated with poor choices of leaders, among other things. Peter Stark’s new book, “Astoria,” raises an interesting question of the future of the West had he succeeded.

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