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Dark Storm Moving West

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Barbara Belyea
978-1-55238-324-7 (Institutional PDF)
$49.95 CAD / $56.95 USD
205 pages
33 maps, 6 drawings, endnotes, sources, index
September 2007


About the Book: 

The fur trade was the impetus for much of the exploration and discovery of North America. Like rolling storm clouds, the expanding enterprise of the fur trade moved relentlessly west to explore the furthest reaches of the continent. From Hudson Bay, Lake Superior, and the Mississippi River, European and American explorers and traders followed a web of waterways north to the rich fur region of Lake Athabaska, farther north to the Arctic Ocean, and west to the Rocky Mountains and on to the Pacific Ocean. The essays in Dark Storm Moving West trace three phases of westward exploration: naval and fur trade ventures on the Pacific coast; traders' progress along interior rivers and lakes; and the transcontinental Lewis and Clark expedition, which used maps based on fur trade surveys. Barbara Belyea poses challenging questions about the rapid expansion, its effects on Native populations, European versus Native cartography, cultural definitions of space, and communication of traditions. Belyea also introduces Peter Fidler as an important documentary source for exploration studies during the fur trade expansion, incorporating into her own study Fidler's journals, maps, and reports, most of which are previously unpublished.

About the Author(s): 

Barbara Belyea is professor emerita of English at the University of Calgary. Her multi-disciplinary interests include: the history of publishing, cartography and the fur trade, and Canadian history.

Finalist, 2007 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize (Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska - Lincoln)
Short-listed for the 2008 Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Scholarly Book of the Year (Book Publishers Association of Alberta)