In Pursuit of a Better Life

A New Englander on the Western Frontier
  • Author:Liz Peretz
  • Publisher:Vinca Press
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In Pursuit of a Better Life follows the travels of Judah Colt (1761-1832), son of a Connecticut farmer, who goes West soon after the War of Independence and the opening of the land west of the Alleghenies in the 1780s. In these days of the Early Republic, he follows in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps, investing in land; but unlike them he settles on the new frontier, and becomes surveyor, farmer, importer and seller of dry goods, individual agent buying and selling small quantities of land, and quickly amasses wealth and status in the Finger Lakes region of western New York.