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Arc of the Medicine Line : mapping the world's longest undefended border across the western plains

Author: Tony Rees
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A dramatic account of the hardships endured by American and Canadian teams from 1872 to 1874 as they battled the elements to survey nearly nine hundred miles of the world's longest undefended border. The border between Canada and the United States was laid out in many stages over more than a century, but the biggest part of the job was the long, (mostly) straight line across the prairies. On September 18, 1872, two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Rees
ISBN: 9781553652786 1553652789 9780803217911 0803217919 9781553654193 1553654196
OCLC Number: 137231162
Notes: Co-published by University of Nebraska Press.
Description: xiv, 393 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : September 18, 1872 --
1. Autumn 1872 --
2. Northwest angle --
3. Winter work 1873-73 --
4. Spring 1873 --
5. Summer 1873 --
6. Autumn 1873 --
7. Winter 1873-74 --
8. Spring 1874 --
9. Summer 1874 --
10. Late summer 1874 --
11. Autumn 1874 --
12. End of the Line --
13. Medicine Line.
Responsibility: Tony Rees.
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A dramatic account of the hardships endured by American and Canadian teams from 1872 to 1874 as they battled the elements to survey nearly nine hundred miles of the world's longest undefended border. The border between Canada and the United States was laid out in many stages over more than a century, but the biggest part of the job was the long, (mostly) straight line across the prairies. On September 18, 1872, two large teams of army surveyors -- one from each country -- met at the Red River on the Manitoba-Minnesota border to fix, for the first time, the precise location of the 49th parallel between the swampy shores of Lake of the Woods and the Continental Divide in the distant Rockies. Over the next two years, they endured snowstorms, blackflies, flash floods and the seething tensions of the U.S. Civil War, the Metis uprising and the Indian Wars, all the while mapping and placing markers across nearly nine hundred miles of unforgiving territory. In drawing the "Medicine Line," they defined the final shape of a new nation and ended, once and for all, the old American dream of Manifest Destiny."--pub. desc.

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