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Three years travels through the interior parts of North-America, for more than five thousand miles

containing an account of the Great Lakes, and all the lakes, islands, and rivers, catarcts, mountains, minerals, soil and vegetable productions of the northwest regions of that vast continent; with a description of the birds, beasts, reptiles, insects, and fishes peculiar to the country. Together with a concise history of the genius, manners and customs of the Indians inhabiting the lands that lie adjacent to the heads and to the westward of the great river Mississippi ...

Published by Key & Simpson in Philadelphia .
Written in English.

About the Book

Jonathan Carver served as a member of Rogers’ Rangers and as a Captain in a Massachusetts regiment during the French and Indian War, and also studied surveying and mapping. In the 1760s he wanted to explore the new territory acquired by the British in that war, finally finding a sponsor in Robert Rogers, who had recently been appointed commander at Fort Michilimackinac. The Carver expedition’s objective would be to find a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean.

Carver departed Fort Michilimackinac in 1766 for Green Bay, where he resupplied and headed west. The expedition explored the upper Mississippi and parts of Minnesota and Iowa before returning to Fort Michilimackinac in August 1767, where Carver found that his sponsor, Major Rogers, had been arrested for treason. Part of this book was probably written at Fort Michilimackinac that winter.

See the Wikipedia entry on Jonathan Carver for more about his later personal story, which is not in Carver’s book, and later claims by historians that parts of this book were plagiarized.

Edition Notes

First edition has title: Travels through the interior parts of North-America ... London, 1778. An article on Carver and his book and its probable authorship may be found in American Historical Review for January 1906, v. 11, p. 287.


Library of Congress
F597 .C38

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xx, ix, [11]-360, 20 p.
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