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By David Pelly

Within the spring of 1912, Ojibwe consultant Billy Magee bought a letter from destiny conservationist Ernest Oberholtzer asking Magee to accompany him on a trip. quickly after, the 2 headed into the Canadian Barren Lands of higher Manitoba for a five-month canoe journey that will make them unmapped territory and try either their persistence and their friendship.Tracing the path of the Oberholtzer-Magee excursion, The previous method North transports readers throughout the background of this perilous wasteland and introduces them to the mapmakers, fur investors and trappers, missionaries, and local peoples who depended on this hall for exchange and commute. via journals, old files, own interviews with Cree, Dene, and Inuit, and the account of a present-day canoeist, wasteland and conservation author David Pelly reconstructs the various stories hidden during this land.

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The one possibility has to be that Simpson feared Ogden would join an American trading and trapping company. If he ever did join an American outfit, Ogden certainly would head directly for Oregon and the Snake country. If we can measure Simpson’s concerns by his actions—by the fact that he will order that the Snake country be denuded of all its beaver to make it unattractive for Americans—then it is safe to say the very last thing that Simpson wanted to see in 1823 was Americans in Oregon. In July 1823, at a council meeting at York Factory, Peter Ogden was voted into the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Patterson disagreed. He thought Ogden exactly the right Hudson’s Bay officer to meet the Americans, and for exactly opposite reasons—not because he was violent but because he was educated. Noting that Simpson had sent Samuel Black, “who was best at playing a lone hand,” to explore the Finlay-Stikine-Liard headwaters, and Ogden to confront the Americans in the Snake country, Patterson argued: 34 CONTESTED EMPIRE In these two men who had so distinguished themselves in the struggle between the Companies that they were specially excluded by the terms of the coalition, the Governor found, ready at his hand, two instruments that might have been specially designed to carry out his plans in the empty countries on the edges of the known lands.

Ross was a fine writer. He published a history of the Red River settlement, the future Winnipeg, and the memoirs of his years on the Columbia with the Pacific Fur Company, the North West Company, and Hudson’s Bay filled two printed volumes. He was not, however, an effective leader in the Snake country. He was, rather, quite inept. It is a close question whether he led his men or they led him. He had expected to go out again, leading the 1825 expedition, but when he returned with his brigade to Flathead Post in today’s northwestern Montana, Ross was told that he would be replaced.

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