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In the 1850s, a push was on to identify the best location for a
transcontinental railroad to California. Three different expeditions left the east, in the northern states, through the center of the country, and through the southwest. Lt. Amiel Weeks Whipple led the expedition from Arkansas, through Texas and the southwest, to San Pedro, California. The expedition consisted of a group of civilian scientists who would survey the route, including topography, plant life, native settlements, existing white settlements, and available water and timber. The expedition had an army escort that supplied food, weapons, and carried the delicate instruments used for the study. The author, Whipple's son-in-law, chronicles the journey, its trials and tribulations. They had the usual mishaps, including trying to keep from getting killed by Comanche Indians. Eventually they concluded their mission and returned to the east with their report. The route explored by this party wasn't the first one used, but was used later.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   19th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   American--General History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   horse travel

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Maps not in sufficient detail Length of book    -   201-250 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   6 ()

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