As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have been reading about early Canadian explorers, and so far I've focused my interest on the Canadian Arctic, including the tragic story of Captain John Franklin and his doomed men. It astonishes me when I think about it that I did not learn a single thing about all this in school, certainly one of the most interesting stories to be told about Canadian history.
This is my own personal project this winter and it's been a good one for me. I'm not a historian, so I'm just reporting on what I have learned in my reading. I should add that doing all this has been excellent pain medication. It distracts me completely from my chronic nerve pain. Obviously I am totally dependent on using maps and illustrations from the internet in doing this. I do so knowing it's for a legitimate educational purpose. I am particularly indebted to both Wikipedia and the Canadian Encyclopedia.
So I'm going to share the very superficial knowledge I've gained with you, and tell you about the Canadian Arctic. As I've written these posts, they keep expanding, so I've broken it into two groups, first five posts on Arctic exploration. and secondly 4 or 5 posts on the Arctic today which I'll post later. If you're not interested just rejoin us after a week or so.