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Adventurers of the Far North

Stephen Leacock

Book Overview: 

This is volume 20 of The Chronicles of Canada series. This volume describes the explorers who braved the Canadian Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage, focusing on Samuel Hearne, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, and Sir John Franklin.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .m the west, rendering it difficult to prosecute his search. The short season was already closing in, and it was dangerous to {28} linger. Reluctantly the ships were turned homeward, and, though separated at sea, the Sunshine and the Moonshine arrived safely at Dartmouth within two hours of each other.

While this first expedition had met with no conspicuous material success, Davis was yet able to make two other voyages to the same region in the two following seasons. In his second voyage, that of 1586, he sailed along the edge of the continent from above the Arctic Circle to the coast of Labrador, a distance of several hundred miles. His search convinced him that if a passage existed at all it must lie somewhere among the great sounds that opened into the coast, one of which, of course, proved later on to be the entrance to Hudson Bay. Moreover, Davis began to see that, owing to the great quantity of whales in the northern waters, and the ease with which . . . Read More

Community Reviews

2.5 stars

This is a history of the explorers of Northern Canada. Unfortunately, I was primarily reading this in an area where I was very distracted. It should have been an interesting topic, but it really wasn't much able to hold my attention. One bonus is that it's short, though.

Informative but hard to stay focused on it. Some of the tales were boring and some were interesting. The more interesting chapters were towards the end, so in a way I'm kinda glad I stuck with it. Otherwise I was preparing to abandon ship...more