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Diary of an expedition, 1872.
Macoun, John, 1831-1920
1 v. (41 written leaves) ; 18 cm.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company
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Fleming, Sandford, 1827-1915
Thorington, J. Monroe (James Monroe), 1894-1989
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Manuscript diary of John Macoun, Canadian naturalist, written in 1872 while attached to the Canadian expedition headed by Sandford Fleming. Macoun met Fleming, by coincidence, during one of his summer collecting trips in the Owen Sound district in 1872. Fleming, Canadian Pacific Railway engineer-in-chief, was headed west to assess the proposed Yellowhead Pass route for the new transcontinental railway. He invited Macoun, or "the Professor" as he was popularly known, to come along. Over the next decade, during five separate exploratory surveys between 1872 and 1881, Macoun examined the farming potential of the prairies, concluding that all of the North-West, including the semi-arid southern plains, was an agricultural Eden.
Gift ; Dr J. Monroe Thorington, Princeton Class of 1915. Acc. no. AM 2003-71.
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