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Further Into The Wilderness — Charles Cleland

Further Into The Wilderness — Charles Cleland


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Book description:

This fascinating account is based upon the real-life travels of historic figure and adventurer Alexander Henry.

Henry was a noted fur trader in both the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior region during the eighteenth century with intimate knowledge of life and culture among native people. Henry was admired for his bravery and grit when facing the hardships of frontier life. He was a canoe traveler on the river highways and lakes of the region and also walked hundreds of miles through the immense forests and featureless prairies in all seasons. He charted the geography of much of central North America for generations of Americans and Canadians who today figuratively follow his snowshoe tracks and the wake of his canoes.

Henry provided one of the very few first-hand descriptions of Ojibwe, Odawa, Cree and Assiniboine culture at the time when native people were still living from the land, speaking their own languages, and practicing their age-old cultural traditions. As an adopted member of an Ojibwe family, Henry knew and described their lives in the mid- eighteenth century from a personal perspective which is rarely available to native people and modern ethnographers.

Further into the Wilderness is the sequel to Beyond the Far Horizon, both based upon the true life story of Alexander Henry. Here, he pursues his fur trade venture from 1760 and 1765. Lost and alone in the winter forest, Henry escapes the charge of a great bear, and then is taken prisoner during an Indian attack.

Praise for Further Into The Wilderness:

"This wonderfully told and highly recommended adventure will transport the reader in time, place, and culture to the world of the late eighteenth-early nineteenth century fur trade and Ojibwe life in the beautiful but often harsh Upper Great Lakes and Canadian Plains." — Dr. W. Stephen McBride, Camp Nelson National Monument

"As a student of the Upper Great Lakes history, I strongly urge you to read Dr. Charles Cleland’s latest historical fiction book Further Into the Wilderness. It is based on the true life experiences of Alexander Henry, an American fur trader prior, during, and after the American Revolution who was quite skilled in dealing with the French, the British and Native People of this area." — Richard A. Wiles, MA/ED; Member, The Historical Society of Michigan; Member, The American Association for State & Local History

105 pages; illustrated; maps
6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-1-950659-33-3 (Softcover)
Retail price: $18.95
FICTION / Historical / General

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