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This blessed wilderness : Archibald McDonald's letters from the Columbia, 1822-44

Author: Archibald McDonald; Jean Murray Cole
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, ©2001.
Series: Pioneers of British Columbia.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The twenty-five years between 1821 and 1846 were turbulent but important years in the history of the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest: 1821 saw the merger of the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company, and 1846 saw the signing of the Oregon Treaty, which established the Canada-US border." "Archibald McDonald was a man who experienced these changes first-hand. As a senior HBC officer, he was sent to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Correspondance
Biographies
Named Person: Archibald McDonald; Archibald McDonald; Archibald McDonald
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Archibald McDonald; Jean Murray Cole
ISBN: 0774808322 9780774808323 0774808330 9780774808330
OCLC Number: 45386619
Description: ix, 297 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Fort George and Thompson River, 1822-28 --
2. Fort Langley, 1829-33 --
3. Fort Colvile, 1834-44 --
4. Envoi, 1845-49.
Series Title: Pioneers of British Columbia.
Responsibility: edited by Jean Murray Cole.

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This book traces 25 turbulent years (1821-46) in the Pacific Northwest's fur trade through the experiences of Archibald McDonald, a trader, cartographer and literate observer of his times.  Read more...

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