Mapmaker : Philip Turnor in Rupert's Land in the Age of Enlightenment
—Mitchell, Barbara, 1944- author.
Book
2017
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"As the first inland surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company, Philip Turnor stands tall among the explorers and mapmakers of Canada. Accompanied by Cree guides and his Cree wife, Turnor travelled 15,000 miles by canoe and foot between 1778 and 1792 to produce ten maps, culminating in his magnum opus, a map that was the foundation of all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Barbara Mitchell's biography brings to life the man who taught David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. In her search for Turnor's story, Mitchell discovers her own Cree-Orkney ancestry and that of thousands of others who are descendents of Turnor and his Cree wife."-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Subjects:
Canada -- Discovery and exploration.
Cartographers -- Canada -- Biography.
Explorers -- Canada -- Biography.
Fur traders -- Canada -- Biography.
Hudson's Bay Company -- Employees -- Biography.
Surveyors -- Canada -- Biography.
Turnor, Philip, 1752?-1800?
Genre:
Biographies.
ISBN:
9780889775039
0889775036
Description:
xxiv, 327 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour) ; 25 cm
Other Title:
Philip Turnor in Rupert's Land in the Age of Enlightenment
Notes:
Canadiana.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
From farming to mapmaking
First assignments
"Near being in the wars"
First journal and map
Up the Albany River
Three-year contract fulfilled
Celebrations and disasters
From surveyor to trader
Establishes first HBC house at Abitibi
Decisions to make
"So much of my life wasted"
The northward expedition
"No small breach of trust"
"A permanent foundation".
Link to PAC
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