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The Journals of Alexander Mackenzie:
Exploring Across Canada in 1789 & 1793
By Alexander Mackenzie
Alexander Mackenzie (1763-1820), explorer and fur trader, was possibly the first white man to cross continental North America. He traveled mostly by canoe, determining his longitude by observing the eclipses of the planet Jupiter's satellites. He made two trips: one to the Arctic Ocean in 1789, and another to the Pacific Ocean in 1793 (twelve years before Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark west). This edition includes both journals, plus Mackenzie's own General History of the Fur Trade.
Three Years in the Klondike:
A Gold Miner's Life in Dawson City, 1898-1901
By Jeremiah Lynch
Jeremiah Lynch was a businessman (and former San Francisco politician) who went to the Klondike in 1898, two years after gold was discovered. He describes his three years in and around Dawson City as a miner and a merchant. His narrative is an articulate and highly colorful observation of the characters and the social environment of gold rush Dawson. The town is the real protagonist in this story. Fans of the television show "Northern Exposure" will understand.
Under Sail in the Frozen North:
The Log of the 1926 British Arctic Expedition
By Frank Arthur Worsley
Worsley was a naval officer and polar explorer, best known as the captain of Shackleton's Endurance. In this book, Worsley tells of his trip as co-leader of the 1926 British Arctic Expedition.
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