File 8 - Autobiographical notes, volume I

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Autobiographical notes, volume I

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CA RBD MSG 406-8

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    McDonald, John, 1771 or 1772-1866

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1 cm of textual records contained in 1 bound notebook.

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(1771 or 1772-1866)

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Born in Scotland, John McDonald of Garth entered the service of the North West Company in 1791. In 1799 he built Rocky Mountain House on the North Saskatchewan River. In 1800 he became a partner in the company. McDonald established Fort Gibraltar at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in 1807. Later, in 1811, he moved to the Columbia district where in 1813 he took over Fort Astoria from Astor's Pacific Fur Co. McDonald retired in 1815 and settled in Glengarry, Upper Canada.

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File contains one bound notebook whereon John McDonald has written notes and a brief history about his life and work. This volume comprises 113 pages covering the years 1791-1805.

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