A History of Canada in Ten Maps

A History of Canada in Ten Maps

Epic Stories of Charting A Mysterious Land

Book - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
Winner of the 2018 Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for Nonfiction

Longlisted for the 2018
 RBC Taylor Prize

Shortlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

The sweeping, epic story of the mysterious land that came to be called “Canada” like it’s never been told before.

Every map tells a story. And every map has a purpose--it invites us to go somewhere we've never been. It’s an account of what we know, but also a trace of what we long for.

Ten Maps conjures the world as it appeared to those who were called upon to map it. What would the new world look like to wandering Vikings, who thought they had drifted into a land of mythical creatures, or Samuel de Champlain, who had no idea of the vastness of the landmass just beyond the treeline?
Adam Shoalts, one of Canada’s foremost explorers, tells the stories behind these centuries old maps, and how they came to shape what became “Canada.” 

It’s a story that will surprise readers, and reveal the Canada we never knew was hidden. It brings to life the characters and the bloody disputes that forged our history, by showing us what the world looked like before it entered the history books. Combining storytelling, cartography, geography, archaeology and of course history, this book shows us Canada in a way we've never seen it before.

Publisher: Toronto : Allen Lane Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9780670069460
Branch Call Number: 911.71 Sho
Characteristics: 344 pages : colour illustrations, maps (some colour) ; 24 cm


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superglu2 Jan 25, 2018

A fun and interesting approach to Canadian History.

Dec 30, 2017

interesting collection of historical short stories, particularly the importance of natives to these European adventurers, maps appear to be an adjunct

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