I write non-fiction books telling the stories of the territory West of the Rocky Mountains before the 1858 Fraser River gold rush. It is a period of time that people do not remember existed – but it did, and the stories are fascinating and often surprising. In my archival research I have uncovered tales of hegemony and prejudice, of cowardice and heroism, of honesty and dishonesty, and of death by disease, suicide, or murder. I write about the explorations, the brigades to Fort Langley and return, and the annual York Factory express to Hudson Bay – all common experiences of the 3,000 men who worked in the fur trade West of the Rocky Mountains before 1858.
I discovered this period of history when I researched and wrote a book about my exploring ancestor, Alexander Caulfield Anderson. I fell into his story – and the stories of others like him – and now I can’t get out!
Author: The Pathfinder: A.C. Anderson’s Journeys in the West [Victoria: Heritage House, 2011]
Author and Speaker: “The Maps of Alexander Caulfield Anderson,” on BC History Online: http://www.bchistoryonline.com/wiki/The_Maps_of_Alexander_Caulfield_Anderson
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