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Mohawks on the Nile

Natives Among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-1885

by Carl Benn

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published: Aug 2009
ISBN:9781550028676
publisher: Dundurn
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Mohawks on the Nile explores the absorbing history of sixty Aboriginal men who left their occupations in the Ottawa River timber industry to participate in a military expedition on the Nile River in 1884-1885. Chosen becuase of their outstanding skills as boatmen and river pilots, they formed part of the Canadian Voyageur Contingent, which transported British troops on a fleet of whaleboats through the Nile’s treacherous cataracts in the hard campaigning of the Sudan War. Their objective was to reach Khartoum, capital of the Egyptian province of Sudan. Their mission was to save its governor general, Major-General Charles Gordon, besieged by Muslim forces inspired by the call to liberate Sudan from foreign control by Muhammad Ahmad, better known to his followers as the "the Mahdi."

In addition to Carl Benn’s historical exploration of this remarkable subject, this book includes the memoirs of two Mohawk veterans of the campaign, Louis Jackson and James Deer, who recorded the details of their adventures upon returning to Canada in 1885. It also presents readers with additional period documents, maps, historical images, and other materials to enhance appreciation of this unusual story, including an annotated roll of the Mohawks who won praise for the exceptional quality of their work in this legendary campaign in the chronicle of Britain’s expansion into Africa.

Contributor Notes

Dr. Carl Benn is the chair of the Department of History at Ryerson University. Before taking up that post in 2008, he worked in the museum field for thirty-four years, primarily in senior curatorial roles, and taught undergraduate history and graduate museum studies at hte University of Toronto. He has restored historical buildings, curated numerous exhibits, produced public history internet resources, and published extensively. His books include Historic Fort York, The Iroquois in the War of 1812, and The War of 1812.

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This fascinating history is rather like a box of bits your old uncle has brought down from the back of his closet... A student of the British Imperial efforts in Africa, or of Canada's First Nations history will appreciate this book.

— Record, The

Carl Benn has focused on the approximately 60 Mohawks in the contingent, confirming their value to the British expedition to save General Gordon and enriching our understanding of Canada's First Nations in the late 19th century.

— Literary Review of Canada

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Mohawks on the Nile: Natives Among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-1885

This intriguing book describes the contribution and skills of First Nations [among others] men from Canada to a military rescue operation in Egypt, led by General Wolseley. The Imperial government needed skilled voyageurs to guide whaleboats of troops and supplies up the Nile then through the treacherous cataracts to Egypt’s “rebellious” province, Sudan. Khartoum was the destination. There Major-General Gordon had become hostage as a result of a siege on the city by Muslim nationalists. Wolseley had witnessed the abilities of First Nations voyageurs in the Red River Uprising. Included are summaries of the roles and occupations of Iroquois women and men from the 1700s and memoirs of two Mohawk voyageurs in the expedition, Louis Jackson and James Deer.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2012-2013.

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