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A History of Canada in Ten Maps This was a really neat read In each chapter, Shoalts looks at a different pre confederation map of Canada, and the conditions under which it was created The maps range from Leif Erikson s first map of Vinland to the maps of the Arctic produced by the Franklin expedition, so there s a wide range of material drawn from With each map, Shoalts takes time to present the cultural and political reasons behind each map s development, in a manner that is welcoming and open to those without much Canadian history knowledge.Due to the nature of the book, it s not without its limitations The book relies heavily on settler sources although it does acknowledge the role of Indigenous people in the development of the country , and the map making conceit means that a lot of the political and cultural history that shaped the country is overlooked If you understand those limitations going in, t This book is a fantastic read The author really took the time to research this book and get all the facts I found that he had a fantastic way of writing that really showed his passion and really added additional fuel to my passion for Canadian history I had the opportunity to meet the author at a book signing where he talked about his time he did canoeing the arctic and followed the same route as the explorers It was awesome to see the pictures and The Sweeping, Epic Story Of The Mysterious Land That Came To Be Called Canada Like It S Never Been Told Before Every Map Tells A Story And Every Map Has A Purpose It Invites Us To Go Somewhere We Ve Never Been It S An Account Of What We Know, But Also A Trace Of What We Long For Ten Maps Conjures The World As It Appeared To Those Who Were Called Upon To Map It What Would The New World Look Like To Wandering Vikings, Who Thought They Had Drifted Into A Land Of Mythical Creatures, Or Samuel De Champlain, Who Had No Idea Of The Vastness Of The Landmass Just Beyond The Treeline Adam Shoalts, One Of Canada S Foremost Explorers, Tells The Stories Behind These Centuries Old Maps, And How They Came To Shape What Became Canada It S A Story That Will Surprise Readers, And Reveal The Canada We Never Knew Was Hidden It Brings To Life The Characters And The Bloody Disputes That Forged Our History, By Showing Us What The World Looked Like Before It Entered The History Books Combining Storytelling, Cartography, Geography, Archaeology And Of Course History, This Book Shows Us Canada In A Way We Ve Never Seen It Before. I enjoyed this throughout though it kind of also missed out on what it said it would be The stories presented about the explorers and voyageurs were well worth the space on the paper, but throughout the entire book the maps were of a secondary thought This could have been A History of Canada in Ten Episodes and the difference would have been immaterial So, for the lack of emphasis on the maps I deducted a point while the excellent quality of the stories is worth quite a few others I do think the author s biases come through and he is perhaps not as harsh as one should be on Mackenzie and how original he was and who he borrowed from in his journeys , but at the same time the chapter on the Norsemen is illuminating and the early Frenchmen get a lot of credit as is their due.The final points about the future are perhaps les I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway.This book is a history of Canada from approximately 1000 A.D to the mid 1800s, told through the lens of various explorers and map makers.Each chapter focuses on a different explorer and mapmaker, some well known, like Samuel de Champlain and Alexander Mackenzie, some not as well known, like Jacques Nicolas Bellin and Peter Pond.Chapter 9 included a detailed account of one particular battle of the War of 1812, though, that didn t quite seem to fit in with the rest of the book.The book was full of action and adventure, and I really enjoyed it.The only thing is that, with the title, I expected there to be maps in the book.It would greatly enrichen the experience of reading the book if you could refer to the maps I heard the author speak at a Rotary Conference in Collingwood not having read his first book, wasn t sure what to expect, but his talk was very entertaining and funny so I bought his book afterwards I was lucky to get a copy as the bookseller at the event quickly sold out I ve read a lot of Canadian history much of it boring, some of it interesting But nothing like this History would be everyone s favourite subject if it were taught like this I ended up staying up until 2 30 that night because I couldn t put the thing down The book has an epic scope that transcends a traditional approach to the country s past, weaving in Vikings, First Nations, Champlain, legends, monsters, voyageurs, explorers, wars, heroes, villains, and into a story that is often inspiring but also at times quite funny The maps in the book are beautiful colour reproductions of very old maps, with each one linked to a chapter in the book Shoalts has a knac This work of popular history by a young man who is a modern explorer himself is understandably chiefly centred around exploration maps of territory now within Canada s boundaries It has a fairly informal tone, but full scholarly apparatus I enjoyed the thoughtful preface and afterword material, and the summaries of the exploits of various famous explorers were highly readable, with many interesting anecdotes I also thought the tone successfully avoided any suggestion of hero worship, and also acknowledged in a timely way the major contributions of named and described indigenous allies and collaborators, some of whom, as expedition members, ventured nearly as far away from their homes as the Europeans or Canadians they assisted The main disappointment of the volume is one that was presumably out of the author s control the reproductions of the maps, although coloured and glossy, are constrained to too small a size by the book s standard format to be really enjoyed A coffee table format would have been better but probably too expensive One of the chief victims of this shortcoming is the Thomson map one I am very familiar with, having worked alongside the original for many years , but that huge, faded map would likely have been chiefly illegible A well researched compilation of both acclaimed and lesser known explorers and moments in the history of Canada Or rather, Canada before it became Canada I found it to be a fun read, and I appreciate the author s ability to capture this eclectic collection of events As mentioned by another review, the chapter on the War of 1812 seemed somewhat out of place amongst the tales of explorers Also, while I recognize that the aim of this book was not to be comprehensive, I am a bit disappointed that the author didn t include details on Tecumseh along with General Brock, especially since significant Indigenous figures are prominent in most other chapters The author offers a window for readers to observe Canadian history through a Eurocentric lens and does not take a critical stance on any of the explorers mentioned nor on the complex political and socioeconomic Indigenous settler relationships and tensions that rose over the timeline covered in this book Though I don t particularly see this as a negative point I d recommend those For starters, this isn t really a book about maps So put aside notions of a boring tome of cartography Sure, there are maps here, but they feel like an organizing principle than the topic of discussion.What is that discussion The dramatic, heroic, foolhardy, bloody, frozen, and inspired exploration of Canada How did our vast country come to be drawn on the maps and understood Before Google Earth documented everything from the heavens, obstinate but brilliant men, women, Europeans, Canadians, and most of all Indigenous People trekked past the last ramshackle fort and into the forest And sometimes beyond to the frozen wastes.Why we haven t learn So this is a proof copy from the publisher via NetGalley tanks , and I have to just put it out there that I didn t actually see any maps in this version I don t know if that s by design or simply that they hadn t been set into the book at the type this version was exported It seems a little silly to me that a book called A History of Canada in Ten Maps does not, in fact, include any pictures of maps Adam Shoalts writing is definitely engaging and edifying, so I wouldn t say that the lack of maps is a dealbreaker It s just odd considering the premise of the book.When I first started writing this review, I said I had somewhat mixed feelings about this book The I write the review, though, and process the implications of Shoalts writing, the I m convinced this book is trash.Taken at face value, A History of Canada in Ten Maps, aside from the not having maps thing, is what it says on the cover ten stories Starting with the Viking visitations a millennium ago and ending with Dr Richardson s mapping of the Arctic, Shoalts examines what he considers pivotal momen

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