5 maps of North America I bet you haven’t seen

5 maps of North America I bet you haven’t seen

Do you love maps as much as I do? When Bill drives, I’ve got a paper map on my lap. Sure GPS gives helpful info, turn by turn, but it doesn’t give me the whole picture. Old maps in particular fascinate me. Besides studying them, I’ve saved a few — like...
Best canoe paddles for 1785

Best canoe paddles for 1785

You thought I made a mistake on the date? Nope, I was curious — what kind of paddles did the fur trade brigades prefer? Surprise! They aren’t paddles like we see nowadays. Read more to discover the characteristics of the best paddles from an earlier century! For...
21 voyageur books to hook younger readers

21 voyageur books to hook younger readers

Wondering what books to offer your youngsters to read over the cold winter? Here are a batch I’ve appreciated for their thorough information and enjoyed for their story.Just in time for someone’s Christmas stocking. In alpha order by book title — so...
John Macdonell’s journal: part 2

John Macdonell’s journal: part 2

John Macdonell was born in Scotland in 1768. His family migrated to New York in 1773 and then to Canada. He was 25 years old when he began this first trading venture, in 1793. His diary describes his impressions of voyageur life. In this section, he has been traveling...
Where in the world did trade goods come from?

Where in the world did trade goods come from?

Imagine the array of specialty goods from 1800 — lace handkerchiefs, fragrant tea, violin strings, glass beads, printed calico, nutmegs, lacquered boxes, powdered vermilion, shiny knives and kettles — and feast your senses. Their uniqueness, their usefulness draws...

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