First Crossing: Alexander Mackenzie, His Expedition Across North America and the Opening of the Continent

First Crossing: Alexander Mackenzie, His Expedition Across North America and the Opening of the Continent

by Derek Hayes, D. Hayes
     
 

Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition is this remarkable account of Alexander Mackenzie—the explorer who beat Lewis and Clark across the North American continent. Mackenzie accomplished this feat an astounding twelve years before the Corps of Discovery. Drawing extensively on the journals of Mackenzie and other… See more details below

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Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition is this remarkable account of Alexander Mackenzie—the explorer who beat Lewis and Clark across the North American continent. Mackenzie accomplished this feat an astounding twelve years before the Corps of Discovery. Drawing extensively on the journals of Mackenzie and other turn-of-the-century explorers—and featuring historical and contemporary photographs, illustrations, and maps—Hayes presents a lively portrait of the explorer who both preceded Lewis and Clark and provided an impetus for their expedition.

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Scottish-born Alexander Mackenzie's (1763-1830) journal of his travels across North America was published in 1801 as Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Laurence Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in the Years 1789 and 1793. Mackenzie undertook this voyage from Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, for the North West Company and became the first European to cross the North American continent from the East. His book was an immediate best seller. Napoleon Bonaparte requisitioned a French translation, and Lewis and Clark carried a copy on their westward journey. Hayes (Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest) here provides an exegesis of Mackenzie's journal, throwing light on the factors driving the Canadian fur trade, the adventures and misadventures of the fur traders, and the serendipitous discoveries that led to the opening of the Northwest. Like Hayes's earlier book, this is richly illustrated, containing several historic maps. Those who wish to read another account of Mackenzie's expedition across North America may refer to Barry Gough's First Across the Continent (Univ. of Oklahoma. 1997). Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550548662
Publisher:
D&M Publishers Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.98(d)

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