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John Rae's Arctic Correspondence, 1844-1855

by John Rae, foreword by Ken McGoogan
edition: eBook
tagged: polar regions, oceania, expeditions & discoveries

Although Arctic explorer and Hudson Bay Company surveyor John Rae (1813–1893) travelled and recorded the final uncharted sections of the Northwest Passage, he is best known for his controversial discovery of the fate of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845. Based on evidence given to him by local Inuit, Rae determined that Franklin’s crew had r …

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Cable Captain

by Julian Bloomer
edition: Paperback
tagged: oceania

This is the remarkable story of Captain Melville Henry Bloomer and the cable ships he commanded. The Lord Kelvin participated in the repair of cables damaged by the great seaquake of 1929 and the five year expedition to develop an undersea plough to bury cables in the ocean bed. That project is considered one of the greatest marine accomplishments …

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The Land of Heart's Delight

Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island

by Michael Layland
edition: Hardcover
tagged: historical geography, oceania

Shortlisted for the 2014 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
Shortlisted for a 2014 BC Book Prize
Finalist for the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

Just how, and why, did Vancouver Island get onto the map? How was knowledge of our immediate geography acquired and recorded? With 130 maps, dating between 1593 and 1915, this cartograph …

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The Discovery of a Northwest Passage

by Sir Robert McClure, foreword by Anthony Dalton
edition: eBook
tagged: polar regions, 19th century, expeditions & discoveries, oceania

For centuries, colonial powers searched for a sea passage that would link the Arctic and Pacific Oceans. The route, known as the Northwest Passage, would cut thousands of miles from sea travel and open up commercial trade to and from Asia. There were numerous expeditions to find the passage, though none successful. It was while searching for one of …

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The Arctic Journals of John Rae

by John Rae, foreword by Ken McGoogan
edition: eBook
  • age: 15
  • Grade: 10
tagged: polar regions, expeditions & discoveries, oceania

Scottish doctor and explorer John Rae is a controversial figure in the history of the Arctic. He began his career with the Hudson's Bay Company as a surgeon in Moose Factory, Ontario, where he learned to survey, live off the land, and travel great distances on snowshoes. These skills served him well when, in 1846, he was charged with completing the …

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Urbanizing Frontiers

Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities

by Penelope Edmonds
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867), australia & new zealand, native american studies, native american, oceania, non-classifiable

Frontiers were not confined to the bush, backwoods, or borderlands. Towns and cities at the farthest reaches of empire were crucial to the settler colonial project. Yet the experiences of Indigenous peoples in these urban frontiers have been overshadowed by triumphant narratives of progress. This book explores the lives of Indigenous peoples and se …

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