Pacific Rim Adventurer
Jo Ann Roe
historian Jo Ann Roe has written the definitive biography of
(1824-94), who in 1848 arranged with an American whaling ship to
be cast off in a rowboat on the northern Japanese coast. He
the following year teaching English in forbidden Japan, then traveled
in Asia, Europe, and Canada before returning to the Pacific
in 1858, where he continued his life of adventure.
incurable traveler in the mold of Sir Richard Burton, MacDonald
fit the profile of the classic nineteenth-century explorer
lands and people. The author vividly depicts the scenes of a bygone
world—whaling ships on the high seas; regal, isolated Japan;
royalty and far-off Guam; gold rushes in Australia,..South American
ports; Rome, Paris, and London; unexplored Vancouver Island;
the bustling trading post at Fort Colville, Washington Territory."
—Craig Holstine, author, Forgotten Corner, A History of the Colville
National Forest, Washington
a respected Northwest historian and travel writer deserves
for, researching and writing about MacDonald's incredible life,
and WSU Press shares that credit for publishing it."
photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index
272 pages (1997)