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(MACKENZIE, Alexander). SMITH, James K. Alexander Mackenzie, Explorer: The Hero Who Failed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 1973. First Edition.Pp (10).1-190.Illustrated. Maps. 8vo, brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine . "Alexander Mackenzie, the first man known to have reached the Pacific coast overland north of Mexico, is almost a legendary figure. A bold, inspiring leader of men, he twice led small groups of voyageurs on dangerous expeditions into the North American wilderness. In 1789, searching for a trade route to the Pacific coast, he explored the river that now bears his name to its mouth on the Arctic Ocean. In 1793, he led his small band of voyageurs through incredible hardships and dangers across the Rocky Mountains and down tumultuous rivers to the Pacific at Bella Coola. The magnitude of Mackenzie's achievements as an explorer has overshadowed the rest of his career inthe fur trade, which spanned more than thirty years. In this fresh approac h to his career, James K. Smith shows that Mackenzie was in fact more of a failure than a success— the way that he discovered to the Pacific was too arduous to be a practicable trade route, and in his efforts to reorganize the fur trade he was frustrated by the intricacies and intrigues of commercial and political life. While Mackenzie was respected by ~ his voyageurs, he was often mistrusted by his colleagues because of his bold ideas and ruthless nature. As explorer, fur trader and visionary, this confident, ambitiousScotsman remains a fascinating figure." (from the dj). The chapters (unnu mbered) are : 1. The Fur Trade; 2. The North West Company; 3. "Cook's River" ; 4. The First Exploration, 1789; 5. The Second Exploration, 1793; 6. A Nor'Wester Agent; 7. Sir Alexander Mackenzie. With appendix of Indian groups, bibliography and index. Very good in rubbed dustjacket with a few closed tears. 20.00
Title: Alexander Mackenzie, Explorer : The Hero Who Failed. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto , 1973, ISBN:0070776199:
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