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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 treelineAdam Shoalts one of Canada's foremost explorers tells the stories behind these centuries old maps and how they came to shape what became CanadaIt'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 A History of Canada in Ten Maps


10 thoughts on “A History of Canada in Ten Maps

  1. says:

    This is definitely not a historical or an adventure novel But the author succeeded in showing this immense country's history through the eyes of those who mapped it the adventurers who wanted to see beyond the trees near its natural borders The book goes back as far as modern knowledge allows it that is to say up to its very first inhabitants and until the confederation passing by the coming of Vikings It tells of its legends trades and deals riv


  2. says:

    For starters this isn't really a book about maps So put aside notions of a boring tome of cartography Sure there are maps here but they feel like an organizing principle than the topic of discussionWhat is that discussion? The dramatic heroic foolhardy bloody frozen and inspired exploration of Canada How did our vast country come to be drawn on the maps and understood? Before Google Earth documented everything from the heavens obstinate but brillia


  3. says:

    So this is a proof copy from the publisher via NetGalley tanks and I have to just put it out there that I didn’t actually see any maps in this version I don’t know if that’s by design or simply that they hadn’t been set into the book at the type this version was exported It seems a little silly to me that a book called A History of Canada in Ten Maps does not in fact include any pictures of maps Adam Shoalts’ writing is definitely engaging a


  4. says:

    I enjoyed this throughout though it kind of also missed out on what it said it would be The stories presented about the explorers and voyageurs were well worth the space on the paper but throughout the entire book the maps were of a secondary thought This could have been 'A History of Canada in Ten Episodes' and the difference would have been immaterial So for the lack of emphasis on the maps I deducted a point while the excellent uality of the stories


  5. says:

    This book is a fantastic read The author really took the time to research this book and get all the facts I found that he had a fantastic way of writing that really showed his passion and really added additional fuel to my passion for Canadian history I had the opportunity to meet the author at a book signing where he talked about his time he did canoeing the arctic and followed the same route as the explorers It was awesome to see the pictures and then to r


  6. says:

    I heard the author speak at a Rotary Conference in Collingwood; not having read his first book wasn't sure what to expect but his talk was very entertaining and funny so I bought his book afterwards I was lucky to get a copy as the bookseller at the event uickly sold out I've read a lot of Canadian history; much of it boring some of it interesting But nothing like this History would be everyone's favourite subject if it were taught like this I ended up staying


  7. says:

    I received a copy of this in a Goodreads giveawayThis book is a history of Canada from approximately 1000 AD to the mid 1800s told through the lens of various explorers and map makersEach chapter focuses on a different explorer and mapmaker some well known like Samuel de Champlain and Alexander Mackenzie some not as well known like Jacues Nicolas Bellin and Peter PondChapter 9 included a detailed account of one particular battle of the War of 1812 though that didn


  8. says:

    This work of popular history by a young man who is a modern explorer himself is understandably chiefly centred around exploration maps of territory now within Canada's boundaries It has a fairly informal tone but full scholarly apparatus I enjoyed the thoughtful preface and afterword material and the summaries of the exploits of various famous explorers were highly readable with many interesting anecdotes I also thought the tone successfully avoided any suggestion of


  9. says:

    A well researched compilation of both acclaimed and lesser known explorers and moments in the history of Canada Or rather Canada before it became Canada I found it to be a fun read and I appreciate the author's ability to capture this eclectic collection of events As mentioned by another review the chapter on the War of 1812 seemed somewhat out of place amongst the tales of explorers Also while I recognize that the aim of this book was not to be comprehensive I am a bit


  10. says:

    This was a really neat read In each chapter Shoalts looks at a different pre confederation map of Canada and the conditions under which it was created The maps range from Leif Erikson's first map of Vinland to the maps of the Arctic produced by the Franklin expedition so there's a wide range of material drawn from With each map Shoalts takes time to present the cultural and political reasons behind each map's development in a manner that is welcoming and open to those with


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