Mapmaker: Philip Turnor in Rupert's Land in the Age of Enlightenment

Category: Book
By (author): Mitchell, Barbara
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries
  HISTORY / Historical Geography
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*

"[M]arvelous and compelling..." - John Milloy, author of The Plains Cree and A National Crime

As the first inland surveyor for the Hudson's Bay Company, Philip Turnor stands tall among the explorers and mapmakers of Canada. Accompanied by Cree guides and his Cree wife, Turnor travelled 15,000 miles by canoe and foot between 1778 and 1792 to produce ten maps, culminating in his magnum opus, a map that was the foundation of all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Barbara Mitchell's biography brings to life the man who taught David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. In her search for Turnor's story, Mitchell discovers her own Cree-Orkney ancestry and that of thousands of others who are descendents of Turnor and his Cree wife.

"Mitchell's work adds substantially to a deeper knowledge of Turnor, his life, his work, and to the extent possible, his character. It provides the first close study of his background, writings, career trajectory, and contributions to the mapping of North America." - Jennifer Brown, author of Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country

From The Publisher*

A story of exploration, family ties, and how the territorial interests of a large corporation enabled scientific study of the natural world, Mapmaker is the first biography of Philip Turnor, the surveyor who traversed and mapped vast areas of northern Canada.

Biographical Note

Barbara Mitchell is co-author of a two-volume biography of W.O. Mitchell, Beginnings to Who Has Seen the Wind and The Years of Fame. She lives in Otonabee, Ontario.