The New Look At American Expansionism

The Russian-American Company’s capital at New Archangel (present-day Sitka, Alaska) in 1837

It is becoming clear that Trump was a secret partner in Russian Expansionism – and still is!. He was probably told to keep his mouth shut, lest the Democrats, the EU, and NATO – object! Thomas Jefferson disguised his desire for the expansion of the United States as a case of curious exploration. But the British were on to him, and thus tried to block the move West.

In a letter, my kin, Thomas Hart Benton, informs someone who is interested in the West, that the British are blocking – the way! Today, the president of Oregon State, and his crack team of historians – egged on by nameless folk – block the Way West.

How sbout…..if Zelensky beats Russia, he forms a New Israel in Kamchatka – and builds a new temple with the specifications that would make Evangelical End Time Supreme Shamers – happy – if possible! read these specifications that Ginni Thomas and Tim LaHaye are fully aware of. Can you see this temple with a backdrop of volcanos?

Here is a Republican “LAWMAKER and SUPREME SHAME MAKER, hitting a homerun for King Jesus the Newly elected King of America, now that the Supreme Court will do away with Woe vs, Wade. The Pro-life Cosmology was invented to counter The Shaming the Democrats were applying when it came to Pro-Black Civil Rights, Pro-Women’s Rights, and Pro-Planet. Wealthy Southern Baptist Men had to put an end to this Shaming – for all the obvious reasons! They USED Jesus as a Shaming Weapon for the Rich and Powerful – just like Putin did! Instead of INVENTING a way we can all live happily on this planet, The Shaming Tactic God applied to Adam, Eve, and their son, Cain, was resurrected and made as fresh as can be! Look at this LAWMAKER’S stance. She had her claws dug in, as she let’s fly……The Finger of Shame…..that God leant her for the day.

John Presco

Russian-American Company – Wikipedia

During the Russian-California period (1812–1842) when they operated Fort Ross, the Russians named present-day Bodega Bay, California as “Rumyantsev Bay” (Залив Румянцев) in his honor.

American fur trader John Jacob Astor sent a ship in 1810 to present-day Alaska with the intention of supplying New Archangel. The supplies were welcomed by Baranov, and he hired the ship to transport furs to Guangzhou.[12]: 77–80  Upon learning of the pressing issue of American sales of firearms, Astor conceived of plan beneficial to both his American Fur Company and the RAC. In return for a monopoly to supply Russian stations through his subsidiary Pacific Fur Company and the right to transport RAC furs to the Qing Empire, Astor promised to refrain from selling firearms to Alaskan natives. The Russian Minister to the United States, Count Fyodor Palen, was informed of the proposal. He contacted the Imperial government, noting that the deal would likely be more effective at ending the firearm sales than through diplomatic channels with the United States.[10] Astor’s son-in-law, Adrian B. Benton, traveled to Saint Petersburg in 1811 to negotiate with company and government officials.

Thomas Benton letter, 1831 October 6 – Perkins Autograph Letter Collection – Claremont Colleges Digital Library


Russel Farnham, an American adventurer, explorer, and fur trader, was sent by John Jacob Astor in 1811 to establish Fort Astoria, the first United States settlement on the Pacific Coast. He would later influence legislation that created the Oregon Territory and the State of Oregon. Although he spent just over three years in the Oregon Country, it made a deep and lasting impression on him.

While most accounts of Farnham list his birth as 1784, town birth records for West Springfield, Massachusetts, show that he was born on November 14, 1785. He was the only son of John and Sarissa Farnham, and he had three sisters—Lovisa, Sarissa, and Pamelia.

Farnham joined Astor’s Pacific Fur Company as a clerk in 1810 and arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River on the Tonquin. He helped build the fort in the spring of 1811 and was later sent to trade with the Salish (Flathead) tribe near present-day Thompson Falls, Montana. When control of the fort passed to the British, Farnham and several other stranded Americans left on the brig Pedler with Wilson P. Hunt, who had been in charge of the fort. Farnham served as third officer under Captain Northrop.

At the Russian settlement in present-day Sitka, Alaska, Farnham joined the crew of the Forester under Captain William Pigot and traveled to Kamchatka, Russia. The captain sent him overland to St. Petersburg with the proceeds of the sale of the ship’s cargo of furs. He then traveled back to New York through Copenhagen. 

After returning to the United States, Farnham made the acquaintance of Senator Thomas Hart Benton and Representative John Floyd. During the winter of 1820 and 1821, Farnham and Ramsay Crooks, a fellow Pacific Fur Company trader, worked on behalf of Astor’s American Fur Company to lobby Congress for revision of government regulations that circumscribed trading with Natives. Farnham and Crooks stayed at Brown’s Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Benton and Floyd also lodged. They sang the praises of Oregon Country. As Benton later reported, “their conversation, rich in information upon a new and interesting country, was eagerly devoured by the ardent spirit of Floyd. He resolved to bring forward the question of occupation, and did so.”

In 1821, Floyd presented the first report and bill to Congress in support of the United States occupation of the Columbia River, an effort he pursued until 1829. Floyd credited Farnham and Crooks as the source of much of his information.

On October 27, 1829, Farnham married Susan Bosseron in St. Louis. A year later, they had their only son, Charles. While in the fur trade on the Mississippi River, Farnham had been married to Agathe Wood, of the Menominee tribe in Wisconsin; they had a daughter named Mary Ann. Agathe later returned to her home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where she was known as the widow of Russel Farnham. Their daughter would continue to use the Farnham name until her death in 1886.

Russel Farnham died suddenly in St. Louis on October 23, 1832, an early victim of the first cholera epidemic to hit the United States. His body was buried unceremoniously at night. Due to his sudden death, his estate and landholdings would be caught up in legal battles for years.

Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858

Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848
Coverage – SpatialSt. Louis (Mo.)
DescriptionIn this letter, marked “Private,” Benton mentions that he has taken interest in the questions that the recipient of this letter has asked, but cannot answer them himself. Benton advises this person to direct his queries toward Astor. Benton closes his letter by saying that the affairs of things west of the Rocky Mountains require negotiations with England. This letter is written on off-white paper and has a self-cover sealed with red sealing-wax. The self-cover is stamped with the date 1831 October 7.

Yet the idea of a passage to India, with its associated images of fabulous wealth, of ivory and apes and peacocks, led a vigorous existence pm the level of imagination entirely apart from its practicability. So rich and compelling was the notion that it remained for decades one of the ruling conceptions of American thought about the West. It was almost an obsession with Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, who during the thirty years following the death of Jefferson was the most conspicuous and best-informed champion of westward expansion in Congress. Benton’s public career extended from the beginnings of the Santa Fe Trail and the heyday of the Rocky Mountain fur trade to the eve of the Civil War. During all this time he was indefatigable in analyzing the problems of the West and urging the cause of expansion Defeated for the Senate in 1850 because of his free-soil views, he returned to the House of Representatives in 1854 and threw his energies into the cause of a Pacific railway. Almost to the day of his death in 1858 he was making speeches in behalf of the railway and the general development of the West.

Benton was a devoted follower of Thomas Jefferson. He believed, according to his daughter Jessie Benton Fremont, that a visit he paid to the aged statesman at Monticello late in 1824 was the occasion of a laying on of hands, a ceremony at which Benton received the mantle of the first prophet of American expansionism.12 So strong was Benton’s piety, in fact, that he read into Jefferson ideas of his own which were not there or at most were present in an embryonic state. The point is not of great significance, but it is suggestive enough to warrant passing


notice. In his Thirty Years View Benton wrote that Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark out to open commercial communicatlon with Asia. “And thus Mr. Jefferson,” he added, “was the first to propose the North American road to India, and the introduction of Asiatic trade on that road; and all that I myself have either said or written on that subject . . . is nothing but the fruit of the seed planted in my mind by the philosophic hand of Mr. Jefferson.”13 Jessie Benton is even more explicit concerning Jefferson’s conception of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Paraphrasing this passage from her father’s memoirs, she says that Jefferson told Congress the Lewis and Clark expedition would `open overland commercial relations with Asia; and enlarge the boundaries of geographical science’-putting as the first motive a North-American road to India, and the introduction of Asiatic trade over that road.14

The words enclosed in quotation marks do not occur in Jefferson’s message to Congress proposing the expedition, or indeed in any other statement of Jefferson known to me. The notion of trade with Asia was so strong in the Benton tradition eighty years after the message was delivered that it actually colored Jessie Benton’s memory.

Benton’s interest in the passage to India grew out of an elaborate philosophy of westward expansion. After a childhood and youth in North Carolina and Tennessee, he served under Jackson with the Tennessee militia in 1812. His daughter says that this experience determined him to identify himself with the West, the vast basin of the Mississippi, and to repudiate “the exclusively English and seaboard influences to which he had been born and in which he had been trained.” The Atlantic coast, for father and daughter alike, is identified with European tradition: it is “the English seaboard” and is viewed as an influence stifling the development of the American personality by imposing deference to precedent and safe usage. By contrast, access to Asia becomes a symbol of freedom and of national greatness for America. Benton adopts the role of a Moses leading his people out of bondage. Jessie Benton cites the inscription on her father’s statue in St. Louis: “There is the East; there lies the road to India,” a

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