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The Journals of Alexander MacKenzie: Exploring Across Canada in 1789 & 1793
Superb firsthand account of 1793 trek across western Canada to the Pacific. Places, Indian tribes, plants, animals, more. Fully edited and annotated. 6 maps. Bibliography.
Paperback, 428 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by The Narrative Press
(first published 1801)
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Jul 27, 2012 Amerynth rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Well written and engrossing, Alexander Mackenzie's account of his travels across Canada is well balanced between exciting adventures and descriptive details of his trip. The book makes for a quick and entertaining read, as Mackenzie describes that hardships of taking a canoe halfway across Canada (and marching the rest of the way) past Native American tribes, some of whom had never seen a white man before. Unlike some of the early explorers, Mackenzie seemed to have a fairly progressive attitude...more