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In That Dark and Bloody River Allan W. Eckert chronicles a turning point in American history, as colonists began the first great expansion westward into the Ohio River Valley. In this day-by-day narrative history, spanning nearly eighty years and peopled with fascinating characters both familiar (such as Daniel Boone) and less famous (young Betty Zane, who showed uncommon valor under Indian attack), Eckert combines meticulous research with his powerful storytelling style to portray the struggle for domination of the valley. He reveals the heroism and savagery on the parts of both whites and native people, the political pressures on the colonies' British governors to hold back expansion, and the enterprising and indomitable spirit of America's earliest pioneers.