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Posts tagged with ‘history’ (113)


How maps were used to politicize early Canada


Posted by Harry Wilson in Mapping on Monday, December 22, 2014



Herman Moll's map of the world from 1697 (Map: Frank Schulenburg/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s safe to say that Dennis Reinhartz probably knows as much about Herman Moll — the man who created what’s commonly referred to as the beaver map (pictured below) — as anyone in the world. Although Reinhartz, the author of The Cartographer and the Literati: Herman Moll and His Intellectual Circle, is now retired from his position as professor of history and Russian at the University of Texas at Arlington, his keen interest in Moll and the history of cartography hasn’t faded.

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Plotting an Arctic journey


Posted by Hugh Dale-Harris in Mapping on Monday, October 20, 2014



The New Land 2013 expedition enters a rock-carved canyon on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut (Photos courtesy of New Land 2013).

Editor’s note: What goes into deciding where to travel in the Canadian Arctic? In this second northern-themed instalment of our Map Monday series, Hugh Dale-Harris explains how his New Land Expedition team chose their route. Read his first post on the differences between navigating in the north vs. the south.

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Throwback Thursday: The men of the Franklin Expedition


Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Franklin Expedition on Thursday, September 4, 2014



Crew members on the Franklin Expedition ships.

Who were the men on Erebus and Terror? What was their daily routine back in the 1840s? And why were they important?

Joseph B. MacInnis delves into what life was like for the men on the Franklin Expedition in his story from our April/May 1978 issue.

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English Warbow making waves in Canada


Posted by Emanuela Campanella in History on Tuesday, September 2, 2014



Jake Fenwick shooting his English Warbow. (Photo: Gary Lee)

If he weren’t wearing jeans and a T-shirt, Jake Fenwick would pass for Robin Hood.

Together with the Canadian Warbow Society, Fenwick has introduced the study and practice of the English Warbow to Canadian shores. The young bowman hopes archers can appreciate the craft and shooting the historical weapon.

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Throwback Thursday: Dealy Island's connection to the lost Franklin ships


Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Franklin Expedition on Thursday, August 21, 2014



Graves on Dealy Island, Nunavut. The ships Resolute and Intrepid are in the background. (Illustration: Public Archives of Canada)

Is Dealy Island, Nunavut a deadly island for explorers?

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