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The Adventurers of England on Hudson Bay

Agnes C. Laut

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The fur hunters were explorers who had blazed a trail across a continent and penetrated to the uttermost reaches of a northern empire the size of Europe. But it was fur these explorers were seeking when they pushed their canoes up the Saskatchewan, crossed the Rocky Mountains, went down the Columbia. Fur, not glory, was the quest when the dog bells went ringing over the wintry wastes from Saskatchewan to Athabaska, across the Barren Lands, and north to the Arctic.

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How the winter passed there is no record, except that it was 'void of hope'; and one may guess the tension of the sulky atmosphere. The old captain, with his young son, stood his ground against the mutineers, like a bear baited by snapping curs. If they had hunted half as diligently as they snarled and complained, there would have been ample provisions and absolute security; and this statement holds good of more complainants against life than[Pg 16] Henry Hudson's mutinous crew. It holds good of nearly all mutineers against life.

Spring came, as it always comes in that snow-washed northern land, with a ramp of the ice loosening its grip from the turbulent waters, and a whirr of the birds winging north in long, high, wedge-shaped lines, and a crunching of the icefloes riding turbulently out to sea, and a piping of the odorous spring winds through the resinous balsam-scented woods. Hudson and the loyal members of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

To be honest, it wasn't what I was expecting. Although informative I found it to be more prose than meat. Covering the founding and tribulations of the Hudson Bay Company I would probably look to other sources for more in depth information. It's bibliography though appears to be a good start.

What a marvelous historical document this is! Like the rest of the Chronicles of Canada (far more interesting and exciting than the Chronicles of Narnia), The Adventurers of England is a history of Canada and a snapshot of Canadians' attitudes to their history. So much more than worthwhile even a...more