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Canada's Colonies

A History of the Yukon and Northwest Territories

by (author) Ken S. Coates

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1985
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1985
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1985
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 2011
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Furs, gold, whales, oil--the reason for going north has always been to empty the treasure house. The northern territories are vast and sparsely populated, so southern Canadians have been content to consider the North a colony, not a true part of Canada.
Since the first British naval expeditions to the "Frozen North," the history of the region has been romanticised. This book presents that history as seen from the North itself. Ken Coates begins by describing the resilient pre-European cultures of the Dene and Inuit peoples. Chapters are devoted to each period of development--the fur trade, Arctic whaling, the Klondike Gold Rush, military projects like the Alaska Highway, Ottawa's "bureaucratisation" of the North, and the resource projects of recent years.
First published in 1985, this book shows that modern northern politics have deep roots in the true history of "Canada's colonies."

About the author

Ken S. Coates was raised in Whitehorse and has a long-standing interest in northern themes. Titles include Canada’s Colonies, The Sinking of the Princess Sophia, The Modern North, North to Alaska (on the building of the Alaska Highway) and many academic books. He has worked on north-centred television documentaries and served as a consultant to northern governments and organizations. He is currently Professor of History and Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo.

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