A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie by Candace Savage

By Candace Savage

Whilst Candace Savage and her accomplice purchase a home within the romantic little city of Eastend, she has no proposal what awaits her. at the beginning she enjoys exploring the realm round their new domestic, together with the boyhood haunts of the prestigious American author Wallace Stegner, the again roads of the Cypress Hills, the dinosaur skeletons on the T.Rex Discovery Centre, the fossils to be present in the dust-dry hills. She additionally revels in her encounters with the wild population of this mysterious land-three coyotes in a ditch at evening, their eyes glinting at nighttime; a deer on the window; a cougar pussy-footing it via a gully a couple of minutes' stroll from town.

But as Savage explores extra, she uncovers a darker reality-a tale of cruelty and survival set within the still-recent past--and reveals that she needs to think again the tale she grew up with because the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of prairie homesteaders.

Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and imbued with Savage's ardour for this position, A Geography of Blood deals either a stunning new edition of plains historical past and an unforgettable portrait of the windswept, shining kingdom of the Cypress Hills, a holy position that is helping us take into account.

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How Ogden would have answered Berens will never be known, but Ross Cox may have left us a good indication of what Ogden thought at the time. On his way home to Ireland from the Columbia River, Cox had stopped at Ile-à-la-Crosse just after Samuel Black had attacked the Hudson’s Bay post there and the one at Green Lake. Ogden apparently bragged to him about how 30 CONTESTED EMPIRE he had harassed his commercial opponents. ”29 Cox took strongly to Ogden’s stories of violence. ”30 Particularly important to us is the fact that the words Cox wrote down are the closest we will ever come to hearing Ogden defend himself.

Ogden was sent to the Snake country to turn back the American trappers, not by violence, but by trapping the land bare of beaver. ”7 40 CONTESTED EMPIRE At a time when Peter Ogden was out in the field, leading his second expedition to the Snake country, Governor Simpson explained how his program of destruction was expected to work. ” He was saying that Hudson’s Bay trapping expeditions would destroy the beaver population of the Snake country and of the area south of the Columbia River, so that should those parts of the Oregon Territory be ceded to the United States, they would be worthless in fur.

Historians of the Canadian West have attributed the difference between the two companies to ethnic background of their officers. “The only explanation I can offer to myself,” Arthur S. Morton wrote of the North Westers, “is that they were Highlanders—McTavishes, M’Gillivrays, Mackenzies, McLeods, MacDonalds, Campbells, Camerons, and Frasers—whose ancestors but two generations back had gloried in their deeds as plunderers. Though the MacDonalds and the Campbells and the rest of them were the bitterest of foes in the old land, all their enmities were sunk in the new clan, the North West Company, and everything was, as of old, justifiable, done in the interest and for the glory of the clan.

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