Fort De Prairies

Fort De Prairies

The Story of Fort Edmonton

Paperback - 2005
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Fort Edmonton, a prairie institution and icon from 1795 to 1915, was not just a physical edifice and community--it was a touchstone of western Canadian commercial history, leading to the founding of a strong prosperous city. Established in the wilderness as an outpost and pioneer commercial venture, it became the headquarters for the fur trade for the entire Saskatchewan district, and a provisioning point for all western travellers and explorers. At the same time, as a white European institution established solely for commercial exploitation and imposed on the area's First Nations, the Fort's presence lead to social chaos, the loss of sovereignty and the ultimate marginalization of those people. The story of Fort Edmonton is a tale rich in drama and colour. There were Métis fiddlers at midnight, dwarves firing cannons, duelling clergy, never-ending public drumming, secret agents, the raising of the skull and crossbones flag, and bears quaffing cold drinks. At times it seemed like a circus had taken up residence in the Fort. It is also a chronicle of intimidation and murder, battles between whites and First Nations, epidemics and famines, destruction by fire, whisky traders, horse stealing, mutinies, rebellion and, finally, government neglect and stealthy demolition. Over the years, a wealth of written descriptions of the Fort was produced. A rich body of visual representations was also created. It is from the accumulation of all these documents that the fascinating story of Fort Edmonton is pieced together and told here in all its glory.
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Heritage House, 2005.
ISBN: 9781894384988
Characteristics: xiv, 170 pages :,illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Story of Fort Edmonton


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Aug 08, 2017

Despite the spelling error in the title of the book this is well researched. It is a good compendium about the foundation of Fort Edmonton.

Feb 03, 2015

As the title suggests, French was spoken here, at the beginnings,
and again latrr on, when the Hudson's Bay Company, who for profit reason with its rival, decided to hire also «The Voyageurs». No mention is made in this book, that I remember, but the well documented book by an American professor, Grace Lee Nute, «The Voyageur» does.
Marie-Paule Toupin, sasv.

Dec 09, 2009

If you'd like to learn about Paul Kane, this is the place.

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