To the Ends of the Earth: A Study of the Explorative Discourse Promoting British Expansionism in Canada

dc.contributor.authorEvangelisti, Charles Williamen
dc.contributor.committeechairThorp, Daniel B.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBarrow, Mark V. Jr.en
dc.contributor.committeememberEkirch, A. Rogeren
dc.description.abstractBetween 1760 and 1833, English explorers systematically filled in the map of British North America. Many of those explorers worked for two fur-trading companies: the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. In pursuit of new sources of fur, they opened western Canada to European comprehension. Their published accounts of geographic exploration provided the British audience with new geographical information about North America. New geographic information often paved the way for settlement. However, in the case of the Canadian West, increased geographic comprehension did not necessarily lead to settlement. By 1833, the explorers had built a base of knowledge from which the British conceptualized the Canadian wilderness. Over the course of seventy years, the British conception of western Canada remained remarkably consistent. The popular British image of western Canada, persisting into the 1830s, was of a wasteland fit only for the fur trade. The British, who had been expanding around the world for several hundred years, were not yet interested in settlement in western Canada. This thesis seeks to expand upon the link that existed between the fur trade, its employees, and their influence on the British conception of western Canada.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectHudson's Bay Companyen
dc.subjectAlexander Mackenzieen
dc.subjectDavid Thompsonen
dc.subjectJames Cooken
dc.subjectSamuel Hearneen
dc.subjectGeorge Vancouveren
dc.subjectNorth West Companyen
dc.subjectFur Tradeen
dc.subjectNorth Americaen
dc.subjectPeter Ponden
dc.subjectAaron Arrowsmithen
dc.subjectWestern Explorationen
dc.titleTo the Ends of the Earth: A Study of the Explorative Discourse Promoting British Expansionism in Canadaen
dc.typeThesisen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Artsen


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