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1 MACKENZIE, Alexander). Great Travellers DANIELLS, Roy Alexander Mackenzie and the North West. First Edition in dustjacket
Faber and Faber, London, 1969, 
(MACKENZIE, Alexander). DANIELLS, Roy. Alexander Mackenzie and the North West. London : Faber and Faber, (1969). First Printing. Pp (6),7-219,(1) + portrait frontispiece + 5 pages of b&w photos and one reproduction of a drawing. Maps in text. 8vo, orange cloth, gilt lettering to spine. In the Great Travellers series. "In the history of exploration across the Western Hemisphere, the voyages of Sir Alexander Mackenzie command attention for a variety of reasons. He was the first European to reacn the mouth of the river named after him, within the Arctic Circle; he was the first to cross the RockyMountains and reach salt water, north ot Spanish America. His pouncing jou rneys, by birch-bark canoe, were classics of their kind: the skill and endurance of his voyageurs were tried to the utmost by his travelling at top speed along waterways filled with rocks and rapids, over gruelling portages, and finally on foot through three hundred miles ol wilderness to reach the Bella Coola River. Yet he never lost a man, or forfeited a loyalty, or harmed an Indian. Mackenzie's story is part of the epic of the fur trade, as itexpanded to its utmost limits through the thrusting enterprise of the Nort h West Company, rivals of the old Hudson's Bay Company. To the fur traders Canada owes, in historical fact, its far-stretched western boundaries and its outlook on the Pacific Ocean. Mackenzie's ambitions were tor the extension of British trade. He was actively hostiie to Lord Selkirk's attempt to bring settlers into the Red River Valley. Yet, in the long view of history, each man played a necessary role in establishing Canada as a nation. Roy Daniells, a well-known Canadian poet and scholar, traces the history and the significance of Mackenzie's journeys, much of which he himself retraced." from the dj flap. Contents: Introduction: The Country of the Birch-bark Canoe; 1. Lake Athabasca and Peter Pond; 2. Voyage to the Arctic; 3. Interlude in England; 4. Voyage to the Pacific; 5. Montreal, London, Scotland; 6. Achievement in Retrospect. With bibliography and index. Name, else very good in dustjacket. 35.00

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