David Christensen

The Opening of the Canadian West

The Canadian West had its own counterparts to Lewis and Clark and the American mountain men who braved mountains, rivers and the frozen Arctic tundra in the quest for furs and a passage to the Pacific. In the process they paved the way for settlers and the extension of Canadian sovereignty, often just a step ahead of American expansionists who coveted the same territories. Canadian settlement patterns and relations with the American Indian “First Nations” are often in stark contrast to the approaches taken south of the 49th Parallel.