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Pittsburgh and Allegheny in the Centennial Year free pdf Excerpt from Pittsburgh and Allegheny in the Centennial Year On the 24th day of November, 1753, no human habitation occupied the point of land where Pittsburgh has since arisen. On either side a river, flowing from nearly opposite points of the compass, swept to their junction in a grander river from whence, in after years, ships, built of trees then growing on the banks of those two streams, sailed without hindrance down over two thousand miles of forest bordered river, to cross the waters of the great southern Gulf, and breast the storms of the oceans beyond. For the control of this point of land the elder Pitt, and Louis XIV, were already scheming. The Indian trapper, and adventurous scout, the Jesuit gliding along the great rivers in his bark canoe, or traveling, Indian led, over the forest trails, had all brought stories, and told tales, of the wonderful country through which numerous rivers gave facilities for travel and transportation. In these facilities for commerce and transportation the statesmen of France and England saw the substratum of a wonderful empire. Looking to the control of "La Belle Riviere," with its head waters but one hundred miles from the great lakes, and three hundred miles of the sea coast as the key to it all, they placed their finger on the map where join the Allegheny and Monongahela as the point of power. From thence along those rivers, and throughout that great country, should of right issue military expeditions, commercial adventures, and the flood of population. How the past approves the acute statesmanship of those rulers- how the present confirms their vision of the great empire. At this point, on the 24th of November, 1753, probably its only human occupant, stood one who was to wrest from the grasp of European rule the country they coveted, and be the father of the great empire those Trans-Atlantic courts foresaw such wonderful navigation facilities must create, and increase. Here then stood Washington, the projector of Pittsburgh, in thought if not in actual plan, for he records in his journal at that date - "I think it extremely well situated for a fort, as it has absolute command of both rivers." It is probable, that standing in the bleak November day on this point of land, his mind rapidly overran the future, and saw from the fort he had already projected, "westward the star of empire take its way." Before him rolled the waters of a great river, sweeping to the Mexican Gulf, and giving outlet and egress to the nations of the earth. Behind him was already pressing, despite the hardships of pioneer life, and the dangers of Indian warfare, the power of emigration. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : George H Thurston
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 133202758X
EAN : 9781332027583
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 310 pages
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Language : English
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