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Voyages from Montreal Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in 1789 and 1793 Vol. II   By: (1764-1820)

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Voyages from Montreal Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in 1789 and 1793 Vol. II by Alexander Mackenzie is an extraordinary account of exploration and adventure that takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the North American continent. Mackenzie's meticulous documentation of his expeditions provides readers with invaluable insights into the landscapes, people, and challenges encountered during his quests for discovery.

The second volume of Mackenzie's book delves deeper into his expeditions, picking up from where the first volume left off. It follows Mackenzie as he continues his search for a northwest passage, a dream shared by many explorers of his time. The author's descriptive prose vividly paints a picture of the vast and untamed wilderness that awaited him, transporting readers to a time when the North American continent was still largely uncharted.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Mackenzie's account is his ability to provide a balanced perspective on the various cultures he encounters along his journeys. His interactions with Native American tribes, such as the Chipewyans and the Bella Coolas, are of particular interest. Mackenzie presents their way of life and customs with respect and curiosity, offering readers a glimpse into the rich and diverse tapestry of indigenous North American culture.

Throughout the book, Mackenzie's determination and resilience shine through, as he navigates treacherous rivers, battles harsh weather conditions, and faces the constant threat of starvation. His determination to reach his goals, coupled with his unyielding spirit, make for a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

Furthermore, Mackenzie's meticulous attention to detail when describing the natural wonders he encounters is truly awe-inspiring. From majestic mountains to roaring waterfalls, his descriptions transport readers to the very heart of the North American wilderness. This vivid portrayal of the landscape adds depth and richness to the story, immersing readers in the beauty and grandeur of the untamed continent.

However, it is important to note that the book is not without its flaws. Some readers may find the excessive emphasis on geographical and navigational details overwhelming at times, as Mackenzie provides meticulous accounts of routes, distances, and bearings. While this level of detail may be of interest to historians and geographers, it may prove to be a bit dense for readers seeking a more casual exploration narrative.

Despite this minor criticism, Voyages from Montreal Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in 1789 and 1793 Vol. II remains an essential read for anyone interested in the history of North American exploration and the early days of westward expansion. Mackenzie's meticulous observations, combined with his compelling storytelling, make for an immersive and enlightening reading experience. Whether you are a history buff or simply looking for an engaging adventure story, this book is sure to captivate and inspire.

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VOYAGES from MONTREAL THROUGH THE CONTINENT of NORTH AMERICA

TO THE FROZEN and PACIFIC OCEANS IN 1789 and 1793

WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE RISE AND STATE OF THE FUR TRADE

By

ALEXANDER MACKENZIE

WITH MAP

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOL. II.

NEW YORK A. S. BARNES AND COMPANY 1903

Registered at the Library of Congress, August, 1902 A. S. BARNES & COMPANY

Table of Contents.

CHAPTER I.

Removed from the tent to the house. Build habitations for the people. The hardships they suffer. Violent hurricane. Singular circumstances attending it. The commencement of the new year. An Indian cured of a dangerous wound. State of the weather. Curious customs among the Indians, on the death of a relation. Account of a quarrel. An Indian's reasoning on it. Murder of one of the Indians. The cause of it. Some account of the Rocky Mountain Indians. Curious circumstance respecting a woman in labour, etc. A dispute between two Indians, which arose from gaming. An account of one of their games. Indian superstition. Mildness of the season. The Indians prepare snow shoes. Singular customs. Further account of their manners. The slavish state of the women. Appearance of spring. Dispatch canoes with the trade to Fort Chepewyan. Make preparations for the voyage of discovery... Continue reading book >>




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