The Anthology tells the tale of the discovery and exploration of the Canada by European explorers and settlers, and by the early pioneers of the age. The texts have been selected to provide a coherent chronological narrative detailing the developments and expansion of knowledge of Canada.
The exploration of Canada was inextricably linked to the fortunes of “the Hudson’s Bay Company”, and this is detailed extensively by some of the later works in the Anthology, such as those by Hearne, MacKenzie, Thompson and Rae.
These explorers, traders and cartographers were only able to achieve what they did through immense reserves of ambition, drive and personal fortitude, but also by developing an expertise in ‘bushcraft’ that allowed them to survive in the frozen wilderness. Much of this was strongly influenced by the practices and traditions of the Natives peoples who inhabited Canada at that time.
This book is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in the early history of Canada, the History of Exploration, or the First Nations of the North American continent. It is part of a wider series of ‘Exploration Anthologies’ by Bybliotech, taking in the history of the Golden Age of Global Exploration.
The Anthology contains the following works:
– Henry Hudson A Brief Statement Of His Aims And His Achievements By Thomas A. Janvier
– The Savages Or Voyage Of Samuel De Champlain Of Brouage (by Samuel de Champlain)
– The Adventures Of The Chevalier De La Salle And His Companions, In Their Explorations Of The Prairies, Forests, Lakes, And Rivers, Of The New World, And Their Interviews With The Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago. By John S. C. Abbott.
– A Journey From Prince Of Wales’s Fort In Hudson’s Bay To The Northern Ocean (in The Years 1769, 1770, 1771, And 1772) By Samuel Hearne
-Voyages From Montreal Through The Continent Of North America To The Frozen And Pacific Oceans In 1789 And 1793 With An Account Of The Rise And State Of The Fur Trade By Alexander Mackenzie
– David Thompson’s Narrative Of His Explorations In Western America 1784-1812
– Narrative Of An Expedition To The Shores Of The Arctic Sea In 1846 And 1847. By John Rae, Hudson Bay Company’s Service, Commander Of The Expedition.