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Book Overview

America, in the late 1700s and 1800s, welcomed immigrants from all walks of life who were seeking freedom from tyranny, religious oppression, and the lack of opportunity, while others came for the sheer lust of adventure. Early America was a rough-and-tumble land full of speculators and men and women seeking a place to settle and raise their families. The idea of manifest destiny was new to some, but the concept allowed for opportunists to push west over the Appalachian Mountains into and beyond the virgin lands of the newly purchased Louisiana territory. One such family was the Tumbolts who had a young boy with the restlessness of the wild geese—Frank Tumbolt. His desire to be more than a farmer gave him a renowned sense of wanderlust that would make him “a bigger than life” heroic figure in dime-store novels sold all over the Eastern United States.