The Visionary: A Tale of Old Chautauqua, the Great Lakes, and Beyond

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iUniverse, 2004 - Fiction - 436 pages
Thousands of men and a few women moved into the far western lands at the edge of the Great Lakes in the early eighteenth century. This is a tale of the time: an era marked by political intrigue, commercial exploitation, emerging technology, flourishing eroticism, and pursuit of power. The French had been on the lakes for a hundred and fifty years and the Dutch aristocrats still controlled the political power of the state. But a new world order emerged on the shores of the lakes. Men enjoyed many options, but women's options were limited by the law and customs.

Some women, however, achieved their aspirations within the sporting clubs that appeared in the late 17th century and flourished before being banned in 1844. These were the men and women who created the commerce, built the cities, and fostered the lifestyle that became America.

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Contents

OGDEN UTAH
1
THE CHICKEN TAVERN
7
CANADAWAY VILLAGE
24
WALTER TAYLOR AND COMPANY
38
THE NATURE OF BUSINESS
53
POTASH PRODUCE AND COMMERCE
73
PRODUCTIVITY PLANS AND PREPARATIONS
92
MARKETING VENTURES
109
POLITICS AND PERCEPTIONS
217
LAKE COMMERCE
234
THE EMINENT PERIL
249
MICHIGAN
267
MATRIMONY
283
LA FAYETTE A TRAMWAY AND A CANAL
299
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
315
PART III
333

THE VOYAGE OF THE KINGBIRD
124
PART II
141
CONSOLIDATION AND EXPANSION
160
BACK TO BUSINESS
175
THE COLUMBIA HOUSE
188
THE SPECIAL SHIPMENT
201
TRANSITIONS
352
THE TRANSCONTINENTAL QUEST
370
THE CONVENTION
385
THE THINGS THAT NEVER CHANGE
408
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