Parkman went on an expedition along part of the Oregon Trail through Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas in 1846. He went from Westport (Kansas City) up to the Platte River and on to Fort Laramie. He joined some Sioux to go to the foothills of the Medicine Bow Mountains. He returned to Fort Laramie and went southwest to Pueblo and Bent's Fort. Parkman turned east and followed the Santa Fe Trail to Westport.
The result of over forty years of passionate research, Montcalm and Wolfe is the epic story of Europe's struggle for dominance of the New World. Centuries of rivalry and greed between the great imperial powers culminated in five brutal years of war; resulted in the death of both generals, Louis de Montcalm and James Wolfe; and ultimately sowed the seeds of the American Revolution, fought a scant seventeen years later. A brilliant work of scholarship as well as a riveting read, Montcalm and Wolfe was thought by many, including the author, to be Parkman's greatest work. It is an essential part of any military history collection. The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.
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