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New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest
The Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry and of David Thompson, 1799–1814

Volume 1. The Red River of the North


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108079372

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  • During the 1890s Elliott Coues (1842–1899), one of America's greatest ornithologists, edited several exploration narratives about the American Northwest, including Lewis and Clark's Travels. Coues tracked down the manuscript journals of two of Lewis and Clark's contemporaries, fur trader Alexander Henry (1765–1814) and geographer David Thompson (1770–1857), employees of the Northwest Company. Coues' abridged and edited version of Henry's text, accompanied by notes that draw heavily on Thompson's scientific records, appeared in 1897 in three volumes; in this reissue the index volume is included in Volume 2. Despite the deep prejudice evident in Henry's writing, Coues judged it a reliable account of his unscrupulous business dealings, and of the harsh realities he observed among many different First Nations peoples. Volume 1 covers the period from 1799 to 1808, when Henry travelled along the Red River and set up the Pembina River trading post.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108079372
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's preface
    Part I. The Red River:
    1. My first venture, 1799–1800
    2. The Red river Brigade of 1800
    3. The Park river post, 1800–1
    4. The Pembina river post, 1801–2
    5. The Pembina river post (cont.), 1802–3
    6. The Pembina river post (cont.), 1803–4
    7. The Pembina river post (cont.), 1804–5
    8. The Pembina river post (cont.), 1805–6
    9. The Mandan tour, 1806
    10. The Cheyenne treaty, 1806
    11. From the Mandans to Pembina, 1806
    12. The Pembina river post, concluded, 1807–8.

  • Authors

    Alexander Henry

    David Thompson


    Elliott Coues

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