The New Labrador Papers of Captain George Cartwright

The New Labrador Papers of Captain George Cartwright

by George Cartwright, Marianne P. Stopp


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Captain George Cartwright (1739-1819), an English merchant who spent time in Labrador between 1770 and 1786, is best known for the fascinating account of his experiences provided in his Journal of Transactions and Events during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador (1792). In recent years more of his papers have been discovered and stand alongside his journal as important source material for the early colonial period in the Atlantic region. Transcribed from original documents and extensively annotated by Marianne Stopp, the new papers deal with practical matters such as how to build a house in a sub-arctic climate, the best methods of sealing, trapping, and salmon fishing, as well as merchant rivalries and trade with Aboriginal groups. Cartwright's papers are of value for what they tell us about early methods and materials; Stopp's detailed introduction provides a history of Cartwright's Labrador and discusses these new papers with respect to early architecture, ethnohistory, material culture, and Inuit studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773542891
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 07/17/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marianne P. Stopp is an archaeologist who has researched the history and prehistory of Labrador for over twenty-five years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

Part 1 "Observe Everything and Carefully Enter All": An Introduction to Labrador and the Life of Captain George Cartwright

1 The Labrador Writings of George Cartwright 3

2 Human Settlement in Labrador 8

3 An Account of George Cartwright's Life 24

4 A Description of the New Cartwright Papers 34

5 Historical Relevance of the New Cartwright Papers 44

Part 2 The New Cartwright Papers

Additions to the Labrador Companion 83

Index for Goods 192

Memorandum for W 200

The Correspondence 206

The Loose Papers 228

Notes 237

Bibliography 243

Index 251

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