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In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912

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In the Shadow of the Pole tells the history of how the Arctic became part of Canada and how the Dominion government established jurisdiction there. It describes the early expeditions to Canada's North, including the little-known Dominion government expeditions to the Subarctic and Arctic carried out between 1884 and 1912. The men on these expeditions conducted scientific r

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ebook, 326 pages
Published February 12th 2014 by Dundurn Group (first published January 1st 2013)
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David James
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptionally well written account of a period in Arctic exploration history that generally gets overlooked. At a time when Amundsen was crossing the Northwest Passage and Peary and Cook were racing to the Pole, Canadian explorers were engaged in the more mundane tasks of mapping the Arctic Archipelago and establishing their nation's sovereignty over the northern islands. These are the tales of highly competent men (and one woman) who trekked north and accomplished much for their country with ...more
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Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very valuable addition to the history of the Canadian North and provides an understanding of how the Arctic land mass and islands came into possession of Canada. This is especially relevant today as many "interests" are coveting the vast deposits of oil, gas and minerals now known to be there. The Author's research details the many Expeditions sent to the Arctic and the long arduous process of actually claiming the large and small islands and setting up the Port of Churchill on Hu ...more
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While the early chapters of this book have few details on how life was lived in such extreme conditions, it is a fascinating book which puts us into these daring explorers' trials and errors in less-than-ideal circumstances. A must-read for fans of Canadian history and its part into the discovery of the earth's last frontier.
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S.L. Osborne wrote her Master of Journalism thesis on Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier’s contribution to Arctic sovereignty, but realized that Bernier was only part of the story. Her interest in Bernier and his flag raising activities in the Arctic Archipelago blossomed into an obsession with Canadian Arctic history. She subsequently spent three years scouring archival material, old newspapers, orig ...more