Historical Atlas of Canada: Canada's History Illustrated with Original Maps

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Canada's history comes alive in this innovative book, which utilizes historical maps to illustrate and illuminate the past. Here are the often colorful, sometimes bizarre maps of European explorers who discovered the Americas while seeking a route to the riches of the Orient. Many of these early maps depict imagined straits and passages; one shows the St. Lawrence River flowing from an opening on the coast of California.

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Illustrated Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 2002 Cloth First Edition New in New jacket Folio. First Edition. Folio. Cloth binding, 272 pp. Illustrated thoughout with color maps. ... Canada?s history comes alive in this innovative book, which utilizes historical maps to illustrate and illuminate the past. Here are the often colorful, sometimes bizarre maps of European explorers who discovered the Americas while seeking a route to the riches of the Orient. Many of these early maps depict imagined straits and passages; one shows the St. Lawrence River flowing from an opening on the coast of California. Maps show what was known--and often how little was known--in a unique geographical way. Explorers created their own maps, but the maps they took with them also succinctly depict what they knew or expected to encounter, an expectation that often shaped their decisions. Native maps show how the land was known to aboriginal peoples before significant contact with Europeans. This atlas covers a period of a thousand years and Read more Show Less

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Overview

Canada's history comes alive in this innovative book, which utilizes historical maps to illustrate and illuminate the past. Here are the often colorful, sometimes bizarre maps of European explorers who discovered the Americas while seeking a route to the riches of the Orient. Many of these early maps depict imagined straits and passages; one shows the St. Lawrence River flowing from an opening on the coast of California.

Maps show what was known -- and often how little was known -- in a unique geographical way. Explorers created their own maps, but the maps they took with them also succinctly depict what they knew or expected to encounter, an expectation that often shaped their decisions. Native maps show how the land was known to aboriginal peoples before significant contact with Europeans.

This atlas covers a period of a thousand years and contains essentially all the historically significant maps of the area that became Canada and the northern United States, gathered from major archives and libraries all over the world. There are English, French, Spanish, Russian, American, Italian, and Dutch maps; as well as maps drawn by Native people such as the Beothuk, Blackfoot, and Cree. Many of the maps are artistic, some utilitarian, but all are included for their historical significance and the story they have to tell.

Derek Hayes is the author of an award-winning historical atlas of British Columbia and another that details exploration in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Covering a period of 1000 years for the territory that became Canada and the northern United States, this atlas contains 422 maps, a very high proportion of which are from the National Archives of Canada. Each map is richly annotated by Hayes (Historical Atlas of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest) with descriptions of its provenance and historical significance. The many gems include what may be the earliest surviving map (dated 1541) to use the name Canada and native maps drawn by the Beothuk, Blackfoot, and Cree Indians. Also presented are original English, French, Spanish, Russian, American, Italian, and Dutch maps, with place names and legends in their respective languages. Hayes intended this book as a history illustrated with maps rather than a carto-bibliography, and there is a definite synergy between the text and the illustrations. The text is necessary to explain the purpose of each of the maps, and therein lies the rub for the collection placement of this book. Patrons of both public and academic libraries might be better served were this title placed in the circulating collection. Regardless of placement, however, this is a well-recommended book for academic and larger public libraries.-Kara L. Giles, Dominican Univ. Lib., River Forest, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295982779
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 13.42 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4
Introduction 7
Saint Brendan and Other Early Navigators 9
The Norse Voyages 10
Pre-Columbian Apocryphal Voyages 13
Out of the Mists--Canada 15
Early Explorations of the Coasts of Canada, 1500-1527 20
Early French Explorations 24
Jacques Cartier--the Foundation of the French Claim to Canada 25
Early English Attempts to Find a Northwest Passage 34
Probing the Northern Seas 38
Early English Colonization Attempts 45
Samuel de Champlain--the Mapmaker Who Founded New France 49
The Founding of Montreal 57
Jesuits and the Fur Trade--French Exploration to 1700 58
The Defence of New France to 1713 70
The Seigneurial System 76
The Coming of the English--the Hudson's Bay Company 77
The British Attempt to Find the Northwest Passage in the Eighteenth Century 80
The French Fur Trade Empire 85
France Explores Westwards--the La Verendryes 86
The Fall of Louisbourg in 1745 88
Jacques-Nicolas Bellin's Atlas 90
The Founding of Halifax 92
The Acadian Deportation 95
The Battle for a Continent--the French and Indian War 96
The Fall of Quebec--and an Empire 99
James Cook's Maps of Eastern Canada 106
James Murray's Map 112
Quebec under the British 114
The American Attack on Quebec 116
Prince Edward Island 118
The Coastal Surveys of Des Barres 120
The Demise of the Beothuk 122
Defining Canada, 1783 124
The Coming of the Loyalists 126
Perceptions of the West 132
An Inland Journey 136
Alexander Henry's Great Map of the West 138
The Maps of Peter Pond 140
Alexander Mackenzie Crosses the Continent 143
The Hudson's Bay Company Moves Inland 146
The Hudson's Bay Company's Great Surveyors--Philip Turnor and Peter Fidler 147
Native Maps 152
The First Map of the West Coast 156
James Cook--Defining the Width of Canada 158
West Coast Exploration and Trade 159
Spanish Explorations of the West Coast 160
George Vancouver Surveys the West Coast 163
Defining the West--David Thompson 166
Early Toronto 169
A Mere Matter of Marching--the War of 1812 172
The Selkirk Grant and the Red River Settlement 178
Fixing the Forty-ninth Parallel Boundary Line 180
The Rideau Canal 181
The Canada Company 182
Arctic Exploration 1818-1859 184
Westward Expansion of the Fur Trade 197
The Rebellions of 1837 and the United Province of Canada 20
Linking the Lakes 201
Drawing the Line--the Webster-Ashburton Treaty 202
The Founding of Fort Victoria and the Colony of Vancouver Island 203
The Forty-ninth Parallel Extends to the Sea 204
A Pioneer Road Map of Canada 205
British Columbia Discovers Gold and Becomes a Colony 206
Henry Hind's Expeditions 207
The Palliser Expedition 208
The Coming of the Railway 210
Confederation and the Intercolonial Railway 212
The Riel Rebellion of 1869 213
Manitoba Becomes the Fifth Province 214
British Columbia Joins Confederation 215
The North-West Rebellion, 1885 216
The Canadian Pacific Railway--the Settlement of the Prairies and the Linking of a Nation 218
Winnipeg--Gateway to the West 227
Edmonton--Gateway to the North 228
Calgary--from Police Post to Oil Capital 230
The Discovery of Oil 232
The Art of the Bird's-Eye 233
Vancouver--Pacific Terminus 236
Ottawa--the Nation's Capital 238
Toronto in the Nineteenth Century 240
Montreal after the Fall of New France 242
Gold in the Klondike 244
The British Dominion 246
The Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage Achieved 248
Fire Insurance Maps 251
The Boundary with Alaska 252
The Evolution of Provincial Boundaries 253
Map Catalogue 257
Notes 264
Bibliography 265
Index 268
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