The Oregon Trail chronicles the travels of Francis Parkman up the Oregon Trail as he records his observations of the Pawnee and Oglala Sioux. For 6 months he lived among the natives, and even accompanied them on buffalo hunts. Along the way he also recorded an authentic record of frontier life, including eyewitness accounts of the trappers, Mormons, outlaws, pioneers and various adventurers who tried to tame the Wild West.
Francis Parkman’s frontier travelogue brims with timeless vignettes and old-world character studies, all told through the restless eyes of the 23-year-old author, himself the very embodiment of Manifest Destiny. Listeners will experience Parkman’s vivid accounts of Plains Indians, prairie life, and varied methods of hunting buffalo. Actor Adrian Cronauer captures the unique idiosyncrasies of the young pioneer - his rejection of "civilized" life, his glowing camaraderie with other frontiersmen - in a performance that blends stoic reserve with a rugged sense of adventure.
"His journal is beautifully read by Adrian Cronauer, whose clear diction enhances the text." (Library Journal)
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19th Century On the Road but well-written
I am interested in American History
Yes, Parkman brings a very 19th Century point of view.
The buffalo hunting from horse back
This story is not about the Oregon Trail but about actually part of it. This book is about the Upper Great Plains and the Indians, trappers, guides and soldiers that passed though this area. This story give the reader a good feel of how life on the frontier was really like.