By Peter Unwin

A joyous romp throughout the again pages of Canadian quirkiness, Canadian people offers a clean examine the saints, sinners, oddballs, and outright nutbars who've populated the Canadian landscape.

They have been ceaselessly northbound or south; they have been inveterate walkers, or global classification runners, millionaires in ill-advised Citroen half-tracks. The stressed characters who spanned these miles and who fill the pages of this e-book have been fuelled by means of the targets, the doubts, and the certainties in their instances, a walk in the park that now turns out unfathomable to us and regularly maddening. From doomed explorers to celebrated poets of cheese, this assortment offers a desirable examine the eminent and no-so-eminent characters who got here earlier than us and left their vibrant mark on Canada's heritage.

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HARGRAVE 2 OCTOBER 1869 UJ. Hargrave was the private secretary to William Mactavish, the governor of Assiniboia and head of the HBC in Red River. He was thus well placed to know how the company's transportation system had been developed and how it worked. This account is probably the best brief and allencompassing description extant of transportation to and from the settlement at the end of the colonial period. A. The isolation of Rupert's Land with respect to Canada renders a system of through communication between the latter place and Red River a subject of primary importance.

Their rude and somewhat careless efforts do not deserve to be named as a serious agricultural experiment. The original Scotch settlers were a band of peasants brought by Lord Selkirk from a remote corner of the North of Scotland. t They will probably welcome the Scotch Canadian when he comes to settle beside them, as they have a weakness in favour of old country ties. The stranger might do far worse than reciprocate their good feelings and good offices. All these people have, generally speaking, raised enough of farm produce for their own consumption.

There is no evidence to suggest that Hargrave became any more disenchanted with the behaviour of the provisional government, however. He indicated in a letter of 8 February 1870 to Sir Curtis Lampson that his original intention had been a series of descriptive articles. Nor does the surviving evidence suggest the eastern readers would have learned very much from further correspondence from Hargrave. In one private letter to William McMurray at Fort Chipewyan dated 14 March 1870 (after the Portage "invasion" and the execution of Thomas Scott), Hargrave described the events of the preceding few months in a balanced and distant voice without making any 21 22 INTRODUCTION judgement on them whatsoever.

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