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By John Wilson

ISBN-10: 1459726286

ISBN-13: 9781459726284

Short-listed for the 2004 Canadian kid's ebook Centre Norma Fleck Award and counseled for the 2004 most sensible Books for children and youths
Discovering the Arctic is an exhilarating recounting of the lifetime of a nineteenth century health practitioner and explorer who labored for the Hudson's Bay corporation and unfolded giant tracts of land within the Canadian Arctic and will were the genuine discoverer of the Northwest Passage. Rae chanced on the destiny of the failed Franklin day trip and facts of cannibalism at the bones he chanced on, yet he used to be disgraced by means of a slanderous crusade opposed to his identify, which led to a century of next obscurity. Rae was once one of many first Europeans to teach recognize for Inuit customs and to take notion from their Arctic survival abilities. John Wilson brings this interesting guy and his occasions to lifestyles in a thrilling narrative choked with survival tales, shipwrecks and scandals. The publication is illustrated with sketches, maps and archival photos.

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The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh did not have such a regulation, so John went there. Edinburgh’s famous castle dominates its skyline. He spent four winters in Edinburgh, in his own words “plodding through the various courses of study” and engaging in snowball fights with the boys from the town. In later life, that was all he claimed to remember from his time there. Nevertheless, in April 1833, at the age of nineteen, and after a rigorous oral exam, John Rae graduated as a doctor. In the 1830s, Edinburgh was a bustling city of 160,000 people.

In later life, that was all he claimed to remember from his time there. Nevertheless, in April 1833, at the age of nineteen, and after a rigorous oral exam, John Rae graduated as a doctor. In the 1830s, Edinburgh was a bustling city of 160,000 people. Its school of medicine was famous, although it had a reputation for being politically radical. Fulfilling a Dream At nineteen, John Rae was of average height and of a light build. He had a strength, wiriness and stamina that had been built through the rugged pursuits of his childhood, and a sharp, open and inquiring mind.

S drive would not let him rest. In 1819, he accepted the position of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s chief representative in Orkney. This meant that he oversaw the needs of the two or three company ships that visited each summer on their way across the Atlantic. John Sr. was also in charge of recruiting clerks, tradesmen and farmers for the HBC trading posts scattered across the Canadian wilderness. This part of his job was made easier by the HBC pay being twice what a farm labourer could earn at home.

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