Douglas & McIntyre
First Crossing

Book details:

September 2001
ISBN 978-1-55054-866-2
8 1/4" x 10 1/4"
320 pages
History
$50.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

First Crossing

Alexander Mackenzie, His Expedition Across North America, and the Opening of the Continent

A compelling new popular history that recounts the epic adventures of Canada's most famous explorer, Alexander Mackenzie.


Alexander Mackenzie became the first person to cross the continent of North America north of Mexico in 1793. With a mix of wonderfully readable text, historical and contemporary photographs, maps and illustrations, author Derek Hayes offers fresh insight into what drove Mackenzie forward to undertake his dangerous quest for the Pacific Ocean, and how his daring secured Canada’s legacy. This book leaves no doubt in the reader’s mind about the scale of Mackenzie’s achievements. It is illustrated with stunning colour photographs of Mackenzie’s routes, including images of the places in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans he reached; archival photographs of the perilous rapids he traversed; and superb new material from the Hudson’s Bay Company archives and the National Archives of Canada, much never before published. First Crossing concludes with succinct accounts of the explorers who followed Mackenzie, including Sir John Franklin, to the Arctic Ocean; and David Thompson, Lewis and Clark, and Simon Fraser to the Pacific.

About the Author

Derek  Hayes

Derek Hayes

Derek Hayes, a geographer by training, has a passion for old maps and what they can reveal about the past. He is the author of the bestselling Historical ...

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