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New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest

New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest
The Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry and of David Thompson, 1799–1814
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108079396

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  • During the 1890s Elliott Coues (1842–99), one of America's greatest ornithologists, edited several exploration narratives about the American Northwest, including Lewis and Clark's Travels. Coues became aware 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. In 1894 Coues tracked down manuscripts of their unpublished journals, and his abridged and edited version of Henry's text, accompanied by notes that draw heavily on Thompson's scientific records, appeared in 1897. Coues explains that although Henry's account reveals deep prejudice, its graphic but unimaginative descriptions of his unscrupulous business dealings, and of the harsh realities he observed among many different First Nations peoples, are corroborated by other accounts. Coues produced a comprehensive index of the people and places mentioned by Henry; originally published as 'Volume 3', it is here placed at the end of the second volume.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108079396
    • length: 1082 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 142 x 69 mm
    • weight: 1.36kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: 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. Volume 2: Part II. The Saskatchewan:
    13. The Saskatchewan brigade of 1808
    14. Ethnography of Fort Vermilion
    15. Fort Vermilion
    16. To Fort Augustus and back
    17. Fort Vermilion (cont.)
    18. The new White Earth house
    19. Overland from White Earth to the Rocky Mountain house, 1810
    20. The Rocky Mountain house
    21. Over the great divide
    22. Geography and ethnography
    23. Down the Saskatchewan, 1811
    Part III. The Columbia:
    24. Astoria, 1813
    25. The Columbia and Willamette tour, 1814
    26. Fort George, 1814
    27. Fort George, concluded, 1814
    Index and maps.

  • Authors

    Alexander Henry

    David Thompson


    Elliott Coues

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