Item 04 - Letter from Sir Alexander Mackenzie to Simon McTavish, 5 August 1792

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Letter from Sir Alexander Mackenzie to Simon McTavish, 5 August 1792

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CA RBD MSG 431-04

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  • 5 August 1792 (Creation)
    Mackenzie, Alexander, 1764-1820
    Rainy Lake (Minn. and Ont.)

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1 folded sheet ; 22.4 cm x 19.5 cm

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Scottish explorer Mackenzie is best known for his east-west overland crossing of Canada to the Pacific 1793. He was born in Stornoway in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. He sailed for North America in 1774. By 1779, he was worked as an apprentice for Finlay, Gregory & Co, which later merged with the North West company in 1787. He traveled to Athabasca in 1788, leaving on an expedition to try find a northwest passage to the Pacific, reaching the Arctic Ocean. The river Mackenzie that he traveled in now named after him. His second significant expedition in 1792 took him across Canada to the Pacific, using recent advancements in the study of longitude that he had learned in London. In 1812, Mackenzie returned to Scotland and married Geddes Mackenzie.

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Manuscript letter to McTavish signed Alex Mackenzie to Simon, dated Lac Le Pluie, 5th August 1792.

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Red wax seal intact.

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