North of Athabasca: Slave Lake and Mackenzie River Documents of the North West Company, 1800-1821

North of Athabasca: Slave Lake and Mackenzie River Documents of the North West Company, 1800-1821

by Lloyd Keith
     
 

Using unused or little-known documents, Keith fills in gaps and corrects inconsistencies in previous information about the company. North of Athabasca not only includes the extensively annotated texts of eleven North West Company documents but Keith's introductory essay amplifies what is known about the context of the fur trade. His biographical notes provide

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Using unused or little-known documents, Keith fills in gaps and corrects inconsistencies in previous information about the company. North of Athabasca not only includes the extensively annotated texts of eleven North West Company documents but Keith's introductory essay amplifies what is known about the context of the fur trade. His biographical notes provide personal details about the proprietors and clerks involved in the fur trade as well as the engagés and aboriginal trading leaders. A sketch of the trading activities of every Native mentioned in the journals is included. Engagés are shown to be more than labouring drones - Keith demonstrates that men such as Jean-Baptiste LaPrise were as important in furthering the interests of the North West Company north of Athabasca as any of the clerks or proprietors who kept the accounts and wrote the journals included here. The journals, often in fractured English or colloquial Canadian French, and incorporating aboriginal terminology, make intriguing reading. A glossary is provided to assist with some of the more arcane terms. North of Athabasca fills an important void in the literature on this period and region. Readers interested in fur trade history as well as students of exploration, genealogy, ethnography, and Native studies will find this a welcome addition to the literature on a fascinating topic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773520981
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Rupert's Land Record Society Series
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.73(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1Overview1
Historical Background3
The Distant Past3
The Recent Past6
The North West Company9
Slave Lake District, 1786-9913
Mackenzie River District, 1795-180014
James Porter's Journal, 1800-118
John Thomson's Journal, 1800-122
Arrival of Opposition in Athabasca, 1800-426
Early Journals of W. F. Wentzel, 1802-531
Alexander McKenzie's Journal, 1805-637
Alexander Henry Jr's Journal, 180641
George Keith's Journals, 1805-743
W. F. Wentzel's Journals, 1805-0853
Declining Returns from the Mackenzie, 1807-1557
Roderic McKenzie Correspondence, 1807-2458
Aftermath, 1816-2166
Wentzel's "Account of Mackenzies River with a Chart," 182170
Conclusions76
Pt. 2North West Company Documents81
James Porter's Slave Lake Journal of 1800-183
John Thomson's Journal of 1800-1126
W. F. Wentzel's Journals of 1802 and 1804-5157
Alexander McKenzie's Journal of 1805-6207
Alexander Henry, Jr's Journal of 1806252
George Keith's Journals of 1805-6 and 1806-7259
W. F. Wentzel's Journals and "Account of Mackenzies River," 1805-21288
Biographical Notes, Mackenzie River and Slave Lake Districts, 1795-1821365
Glossary451
Notes457
Bibliography479
Index489

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