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Through the Mackenzie Basin A Narrative of the Athabasca and Peace River Treaty Expedition of 1899   By: (1838-1927)

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Through the Mackenzie Basin: A Narrative of the Athabasca and Peace River Treaty Expedition of 1899 by Charles Mair is a captivating exploration narrative that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the vast and untamed Canadian wilderness. Mair's eloquent prose and meticulous attention to detail transport us back to a time when the Canadian frontier was still largely uncharted territory.

The narrative follows Mair and his daring expedition party as they navigate the treacherous waters of the Athabasca and Peace Rivers in a quest to establish peaceful relations with the indigenous tribes dwelling in the region. Mair's deep respect for the land and its inhabitants is evident throughout the book, as he weaves together anecdotes, historical events, and his own personal observations to create a multi-layered and immersive reading experience.

What sets this book apart is not only the rich historical context, but also Mair's ability to paint vivid portraits of the people he encounters along the way. Whether it's the stoic and wise indigenous guides, fellow explorers struggling with the harsh conditions, or the awe-inspiring wildlife that populate the landscape, Mair brings them to life with his descriptive language and insightful characterizations.

Through Mair's eyes, we witness the challenges and triumphs of the expedition firsthand. As they confront rapids, unpredictable weather, and hostile encounters, the reader becomes fully immersed in the arduous journey, feeling the adrenaline rush and the weight of the unknown. Mair's skillful storytelling creates an atmosphere of suspense that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages, unsure of what lies beyond the next bend of the river.

While the book does provide a comprehensive account of the expedition itself, it also delves into broader themes of exploration, colonization, and the clash of cultures. Mair's observations and reflections shed light on the complex relationship between the indigenous peoples and the nascent Canadian government, showcasing both the challenges and the potential for understanding and cooperation.

Through the Mackenzie Basin is not just a historical account; it is a testament to the human spirit, courage, and the unyielding pursuit of knowledge and discovery. Mair's poetic prose and impeccable research reveal a deep affection for the land and its people, leaving readers with a profound sense of respect and admiration.

In conclusion, Through the Mackenzie Basin: A Narrative of the Athabasca and Peace River Treaty Expedition of 1899 is a must-read for history lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and anyone yearning for a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Mair's masterful storytelling, combined with his profound understanding of the human condition, make this book an absolute gem that will transport readers to a different time and place.

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Prepared by Arthur Wendover and Andrew Sly.

Through the Mackenzie Basin

A Narrative of the Athabasca and Peace River Treaty Expedition of 1899

By Charles Mair

To the Hon. David Laird Leader of the Treaty Expedition of 1899 This Record is Cordially Inscribed By His Old Friend the Author

CONTENTS

Introduction

Important events of the year 1857 The Nor' Wester newspaper The Duke of Newcastle and the Hudson's Bay Co.'s Charter The "Anglo International Financial Association" The New Hudson's Bay Company Offers of American capitalists to purchase the Company's interests Bill providing for purchase of the same introduced into the United States Congress Senator Sumner's memorandum to Secretary Fish Various efforts to arouse public interest in the Hudson's Bay Territories Former Treaties with the Indians Motives for treating with the Indians of Athabasca Rush of miners and prospectors into the district The Indian Treaty and Half breed Commission The Royal North West Mounted Police Contingent Special stipulations with the Indians provided for.

Chapter I From Edmonton To Lesser Slave Lake

Arrival of Treaty and Half breed Commissions at Edmonton Departure for Athabasca Landing Tawutin√°ow peat beds, etc. Arrival at the Landing The gas well there Boats and trackers Mr... Continue reading book >>




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