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First Across The Continent: Sir Alexander Mackenzie

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Seeking the Northwest Passage and the fabled like to Russia, Japan, and Cathay, Alexander Mackenzie drove himself and his men relentlessly, by canoe and portage, across the uncharted rivers, valleys, and mountains of North America. Mackenzie's 1789 journey to…
Britannia's Navy on the West Coast of North America, 1812-1914

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"[Gough's] research.has been thorough, his presentation is scholarly, and his case fully sustained." -The Times Literary Supplement The influence of the Royal Navy on the development of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest was both effective and extensive.…
Fortune's A River: The Collision Of Empires In Northwest America

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Winner of the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history Finalist for the Nereus Writers' Trust Non-fiction Award Finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, BC Book Prize Longlisted for the 2007 Victoria Butler Book Prize…
Possessing Meares Island: A Historian's Journey into the Past of Clayoquot Sound

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The War Against The Pirates: British And American Suppression Of Caribbean Piracy In The Early…

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Based on hitherto unused sources in English and Spanish in British and American archives, in this book naval historian Barry Gough and legal authority Charles Borras investigate a secret Anglo-American coercive war against Spain, 1815-1835. Described as a war…
Churchill and Fisher: The titans at the Admiralty who fought the First World War

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A vivid study of the politics and stress of high command, this book describes the decisive roles of young Winston Churchill as political head of the Admiralty during the First World War. Churchill was locked together in a perilous destiny with the ageing British…
From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War
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|November 7, 2014

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In August 1914, Canada found itself jolted from its splendid isolation by the onrush of a European catastrophe. In Victoria, British Columbia, five hundred youth who had been educated at Victoria High School went to war and were forever changed by the experience.…
The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest

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Sir Alexander Mackenzie is known to schoolchildren as a great Canadian explorer who gave his name to the country's longest river, but hardly anyone could name the man who mentored Mackenzie and mapped much of northwestern Canada before him. Soldier,fur trader…
Juan De Fuca's Strait: Voyages In The Waterway Of Forgotten Dreams

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The tale begins in sixteenth-century Venice, when explorer Juan de Fuca encountered English merchant Michael Lok and relayed a fantastic story of a marine passageway that connected the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This tale would be the catalyst for centuries of…
Through Water, Ice & Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812

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The schooner Nancy , legendary vessel of Great Lakes and Canadian history, lived a thousand lives in a noted career that began in Detroit and ended in a fiery explosion in Nottawasaga River in the last year of the War of 1812. This dramatic, soundly researched…
Historical Dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and Battles for Naval History
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|January 24, 2020

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This is the story of the remarkable, intersecting careers of the two greatest writers on British naval history in the twentieth century – the American professor Arthur Marder, son of immigrant Russian Jews, and Captain Stephen Roskill, who knew the Royal Navy…
Britannia's Navy on the West Coast of North America, 1812-1914
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|June 16, 2016

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The influence of the Royal Navy on the development of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest was both effective and extensive. Yet all too frequently, its impact has been ignored by historians, who instead focus on the influence of explorers, fur traders,…
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