Chris Coleman Bills “Astoria” As An Adaption of Peter Stark’s Best-Selling Book. He’s Being Too Modest.
In 1811, John Jacob Astor was an established baron of the fur trade. He’d already built a vast network of traders around the Great Lakes when he decided to gamble on funding a pair of ambitious expeditions to establish a fur trading post at the mouth of the Columbia. Those expeditions established the first American settlement on the West Coast, and laid the groundwork for Astor to become the richest man in the country.