Chronicles of Canada Volume 18 - The 'Adventurers of England' on Hudson Bay

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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. Beaver, not empire, was the object in view when the horse brigades of one hundred and two hundred and three hundred hunters, led by Ogden, or Ross, or M'Kay or Ermatinger went winding south over the mountains from New Caledonia through the country that now comprises the states of Washington and Oregon and Idaho, across the deserts of Utah and Nevada, to the Spanish forts at San Francisco and Monterey. It is a question whether La Salle could have found his way to the Mississippi, or Radisson to the North Sea, or Mackenzie to the Pacific, if the little beaver had not inspired the search and paid the toll. (3 hr 8 min)


1 - The Fur Hunters 9:52 Read by Esther
2 - The Tragedy of Henry Hudson 19:31 Read by Esther
3 - Other Explorers on the Bay 12:48 Read by Sarah Jennings
4 - The 'Adventurers of England' 26:32 Read by Jules Hawryluk
5 - French and English on the Bay 35:46 Read by Jules Hawryluk
6 - The Great Overland Raid 25:07 Read by Jules Hawryluk
7 - Years of Disaster 18:30 Read by Esther
8 - Expansion and Exploration 34:36 Read by Jules Hawryluk
9 - Bibliographic Note 6:14 Read by Esther


(2 stars)

the jules recordings are super slow and super monotonous. some interesting content but it may put you to sleep.

great find for a history buff!

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