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By David Chapin

Peter Pond, a fur dealer, explorer, and beginner mapmaker, spent his existence ranging a lot farther afield than Milford, Connecticut, the place he used to be born and died (1740–1807). He traded round the nice Lakes, at the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers, and within the Canadian Northwest and is additionally popular as a associate in Montreal’s North West corporation and as mentor to Alexander Mackenzie, who journeyed down the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Sea. understanding eighteenth-century North the United States on a scale that few others did, Pond drew many of the earliest maps of western Canada.

In this meticulous biography, David Chapin provides Pond’s existence as a part of a new release of investors who got here of age among the Seven Years’ warfare and the yank Revolution. Pond’s encounters with a plethora of special local cultures over the process his profession formed his lifestyles and outlined his acceptance. while past stories have caricatured Pond as quarrelsome and explosive, Chapin provides him as an intellectually curious, proud, proficient, and impressive guy, residing in an international which could usually be really violent. Chapin attracts jointly quite a lot of assets and data in offering a deeper, extra multidimensional portrait and knowing of Pond than hitherto has been to be had.



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