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Our Caughnawagas in Egypt a narrative of what was seen and accomplished by the contingent of North American Indian voyageurs who led the British boat Expedition for the Relief of Khartoum up the Cataracts of the Nile.   By:

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Our Caughnawagas in Egypt by Louis Jackson is a captivating narrative that sheds light on a little-known chapter of history. The book follows the extraordinary journey of a contingent of North American Indian voyageurs who played a crucial role in leading the British boat expedition for the relief of Khartoum up the treacherous cataracts of the Nile.

Jackson's writing style is both engaging and informative, transporting readers to the heart of the action. With meticulous attention to detail, he vividly describes the physical challenges faced by the Indian voyageurs as they navigated the dangerous waters and battled against harsh conditions. The author also provides valuable insights into the cultural exchange between the North American Indians and the British soldiers, creating a rich tapestry of the unique bond that formed between these diverse groups.

One of the standout features of the book is its careful inclusion of primary sources and eyewitness accounts. Through a combination of personal journals, letters, and photographs, Jackson brings to life the everyday experiences and emotions of the individuals involved in this incredible journey. By doing so, he humanizes the characters and adds depth to their stories, making the historical events all the more compelling.

Moreover, Our Caughnawagas in Egypt serves as a powerful testament to the courage, resilience, and resourcefulness of the North American Indian voyageurs. Historically marginalized and often overlooked, these individuals played a central role in a significant historical event. Jackson's narrative goes beyond simply documenting their contributions; it pays tribute to their strengths and highlights their significant impact.

While the book primarily focuses on the expedition itself, it also presents a broader historical context. Jackson delves into the political landscape of the time, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the motivations and objectives behind the British boat expedition. This contextualization is crucial, as it helps readers appreciate the magnitude of the voyageurs' achievements within the larger historical framework.

However, one potential drawback of the book is its dense and occasionally technical nature. Given the complexity of the journey and the historical context, some passages may require more concentration and familiarity with the subject matter. Nevertheless, readers who persevere will find it a rewarding and enlightening read.

In conclusion, Our Caughnawagas in Egypt is an enthralling and meticulously researched account of a remarkable historical event. Louis Jackson's narrative skillfully intertwines personal stories with historical analysis, creating a well-rounded and captivating book. It is a testament to the resilience and bravery of the North American Indian voyageurs, as well as their pivotal role in a significant historical expedition. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in uncovering lesser-known stories of heroism and cultural exchange.

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A narrative of what was seen and accomplished by the Contingent of North American Indian Voyageurs who led the British Boat Expedition for the Relief of KHARTOUM up the Cataracts of the NILE.




With an introductory Preface By T. S. BROWN, Esq.


Entered according to Act of Parliament, in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty five


in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Statistics at Ottawa.

[Illustration: LOUIS JACKSON, Captain of the Contingent.]


The Indians of Caughnawaga are an offshoot from the Mohawks, one of the divisions of the Six Nations, formerly in pseudo occupation of western New York, and known to the French by the general name of Iroquois. Long before the cession of this Province to Great Britain, they were settled at the head of the rapids of the St. Lawrence opposite Lachine, on a tract of land ten miles square, or 64,000 acres held in common, but lately separated into lots to be divided among the people as individual property.

Contrary to what has been the too common fate of aborigines brought into close contact with foreigners, the Caughnawagas, with some mixture of white blood, have maintained throughout, their Indian customs, manners and language, with the manhood of their ancestors, in an alertness, strength and power of endurance where ever these qualities have been required: in the boating or rafting on our larger rivers and the hardships of Voyageurs in the North West... Continue reading book >>

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