Voyageurs, Arthur Heming (1915)

A selection of content for a period of North-American History yet to be reckoned with

“More Upon – Ajouts” is a blog curating 18&19th century History content developed over the last decade for North America, West of the Mississippi and East of the Rockies. “Songs Upon the Rivers” published by Baraka Books in 2016 sequel content is hereby promoted as a starter. Certains billets sont publiés en français.

« For centuries we have seen them venture into all the deserts, probe the most impenetrable forests, travel up all the rivers, travel all the great lakes, explore the most remote regions, solve the most unapproachable geographic problems. From the gorges of New Mexico to the hyperborean extremities of Alaska, not a path, not a plain, not a summit, so to speak, which has not been trodden by the footsteps of these great adventurers who, with a courage and a physical vigor, of which History offers no other example, had thus constituted the forerunners of civilization on three quarters of a continent. Their descendants inherited their energy, their investigative spirit and their love of travel. The unknown speaks to them with irresistible appeal. In many of them, man is incomplete if he does not have in his memories extraordinary tales of distant excursions, perilous undertakings, struggles, flight, escapes, adventures of all kinds, in strange countries whose description fascinates young people who, later, will never be satisfied; only after trying the same feats. The fact is that « Canadiens » have traversed America in so many directions that they have established themselves everywhere. Go to all the American centers, enter the wildest corners of the Rocky Mountains, if you do not find a gathering of Canadiens, you will find isolated individuals, or at least the traces of their passage and their work. This is so true that the Englishmen themselves tell the most incredible stories about it. »

Louis Fréchette in the préface to “Six mois dans les Montagnes-Rocheuses” by Honoré Beaugrand (1890)

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