Prairie Fever: How British Aristocrats Laid Claim to the American West by Peter Pagnamenta

Prairie Fever: How British Aristocrats Laid Claim to the American West by Peter Pagnamenta

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Prairie Fever explores why the West had such a strong romantic appeal for them at a time when their inherited wealth and passion for sport had no American equivalent.

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From the 1830s onward, a succession of well-born Britons headed west to the great American wilderness to find adventure and fulfillment. They brought their dogs, sporting guns, valets and all the attitudes and prejudices of their class. Prairie Fever explores why the West had such a strong romantic appeal for them at a time when their inherited wealth and passion for sport had no American equivalent. In fascinating and often comic detail, the author shows how the British behaved and what the fur traders, hunting guides and ordinary Americans made of them as they crossed the country to see the Indians, hunt buffalo and eventually build cattle empires, buying up vast tracts of the West. But as the British blue bloods became big American landowners, they found themselves attacked and reviled as land vultures and accused of attempting a new colonization. The denouement came when Congress moved against the foreigners and passed a law to stop them from buying land. Peter Pagnamenta's wonderful account shows the enthusiasm of the British for new horizons in the age of empire, set against the rise of a modern nation that would soon eclipse them.

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SKU GOR007105597
Title Prairie Fever: How British Aristocrats Laid Claim to the American West
Author By (author) Peter Pagnamenta
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
Year Published 2012
Number of Pages 352
ISBN 10 071564372X
ISBN 13 9780715643723
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

Details

From the 1830s onward, a succession of well-born Britons headed west to the great American wilderness to find adventure and fulfillment. They brought their dogs, sporting guns, valets and all the attitudes and prejudices of their class. Prairie Fever explores why the West had such a strong romantic appeal for them at a time when their inherited wealth and passion for sport had no American equivalent. In fascinating and often comic detail, the author shows how the British behaved and what the fur traders, hunting guides and ordinary Americans made of them as they crossed the country to see the Indians, hunt buffalo and eventually build cattle empires, buying up vast tracts of the West. But as the British blue bloods became big American landowners, they found themselves attacked and reviled as land vultures and accused of attempting a new colonization. The denouement came when Congress moved against the foreigners and passed a law to stop them from buying land. Peter Pagnamenta's wonderful account shows the enthusiasm of the British for new horizons in the age of empire, set against the rise of a modern nation that would soon eclipse them.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR007105597
Title Prairie Fever: How British Aristocrats Laid Claim to the American West
Author By (author) Peter Pagnamenta
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
Year Published 2012
Number of Pages 352
ISBN 10 071564372X
ISBN 13 9780715643723
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.