This Blessed Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's Letters from the Columbia, 1822-1844

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Archibald McDonald was one of the most important fur traders in the region west of the Rockies. He is particularly remembered as a factor at Forts Langley, Kamloops, and Colville, and as one of the traders who enabled the Hudson's Bay Company to gain control of the vast region west of the Rockies.

A pioneer cartographer, he also prepared the first censuses of Kamloops and Fort Langley. In this informative and entertaining collection of letters, his life as a factor, family man, ...

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Overview

Archibald McDonald was one of the most important fur traders in the region west of the Rockies. He is particularly remembered as a factor at Forts Langley, Kamloops, and Colville, and as one of the traders who enabled the Hudson's Bay Company to gain control of the vast region west of the Rockies.

A pioneer cartographer, he also prepared the first censuses of Kamloops and Fort Langley. In this informative and entertaining collection of letters, his life as a factor, family man, amateur naturalist, and close observer of everything going on around him provides an invaluable glimpse of both the man and the Pacific Northwest.

University of Washington Press

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Presents an extensive, edited selection of the public and private letters of Archibald McDonald (1790-1853), one of the Hudson's Bay Company's first men to go west of the mountains after the company's merger with the North West Company. Characterized by a frank, original style, strong observation skills, and an ironic wit, his correspondence provides a picture of people and events during a formative period in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774808323
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Pioneers of British Columbia Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Murray Cole is a writer and historian based in Indian River, Ontario.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

IllustrationsIntroductionPart 1. Fort George and Thompson River, 1822-28Part 2. Fort Langley, 1829-33Part 3. Fort Colvile, 1834-44Part 4. Envoi, 1845-49AppendixBibliographyIndex

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