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Mapmaker : Philip Turnor in Rupert's Land in the Age of Enlightenment

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    2017
    Summary:

    "As the first inland surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company, Philip Turnor stands tall among the explorers and mapmakers of Canada. Accompanied by Cree guides and his Cree wife, Turnor travelled 15,000 miles by canoe and foot between 1778 and 1792 to produce ten maps, culminating in his magnum opus, a map that was the foundation of all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Barbara Mitchell's biography brings to life the man who taught David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. In her search for Turnor's story, Mitchell discovers her own Cree-Orkney ancestry and that of thousands of others who are descendents of Turnor and his Cree wife."--

    Contents:
    • From farming to mapmaking
    • First assignments
    • "Near being in the wars"
    • First journal and map
    • Up the Albany River
    • Three-year contract fulfilled
    • Celebrations and disasters
    • From surveyor to trader
    • Establishes first HBC house at Abitibi
    • Decisions to make
    • "So much of my life wasted"
    • The northward expedition
    • "No small breach of trust"
    • "A permanent foundation".
    Original Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan, University of Regina Press
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780889775046
    Collection(s)/Series: Prairie Indigenous Ebook Collection