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The Savage River   Seventy-one days with Simon Fraser, Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins & Lewis Parker
1 Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins & Lewis Parker The Savage River Seventy-one days with Simon Fraser
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1968 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Only light wear to dust jacket. ; On the morning of May 28, 1808, Simon Fraser, two clerks, two Native guides, and nineteen voyageurs set out in four frail birch-bark canoes from Fort George on the Pacific slope of the Rocky Mountains. Before them was an unnamed and unexplored river that led south and, Fraser hoped, west to the Pacific coast. Every bend threatened new dangers - impassable rapids, treacherous portages, unfriendly Natives. But in seventy-one days, Fraser and his party fought their way to the mouth of the savage river and back to Fort George.Fraser's journey on the river named for him is one of the most remarkable feats in the exploration of western Canada. Although Fraser failed to find the navigable canoe route to the Pacific, so desperately needed by the North West Company, his exploration helped to secure for Great Britain - and for Canada - the vast territory that became British Columbia.The Savage River is a gripping account by award-winning author Marjorie Wilkins Campbell of one of the greatest adventures in Canadian history. First published in 1968, the book is based on Simon Fraser's journal of his remarkable hourney on the river that bears his name.; Great Stories of Canada #33; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 146 pages 
Price: 19.95 CDN
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Thompson's Highway; British Columbia's Fur Trade, 1800-1850, Twigg, Alan
2 Twigg, Alan Thompson's Highway; British Columbia's Fur Trade, 1800-1850
Vancouver BC Ronsdale Press 2006 1553800397 / 9781553800392 First Edition Softcover Near Fine Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Inscribed by the author on the half title page. A bright, solid book.; B&W Illustrations; 8.80 X 5.90 X 0.80 inches; 254 pages; "Thompson's Highway traces the lives of Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser, David Thompson and the other remarkable fur traders who connected the West Coast to the rest of North America between 1800 and 1850." "For his third volume about BC literary history, Alan Twigg traces the writings of David Thompson, Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and thirty of their peers, mainly Scotsmen, who founded and managed more than fifty forts west of the Rockies prior to 1850. After the failure of Alexander Mackenzie and Simon Fraser to find a navigable route to the Pacific Ocean, it was the remarkable mapmaker, David Thompson, who was instrumental in creating the "highway" for commerce that connected both sides of the North American continent. Thompsonís exploration and mapping enabled George Simpson, the "Little Emperor" of the Hudsonís Bay Company, and James Douglas, the founding father of the province, finally to bring viability to the corporate fur trade on the so-called Western Slope." 
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