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Title Seven days of the life of a soldier, or, Journal of a tour from Green Bay to Mackinac in a bark canoe [manuscript]: by Major Alex R. Thompson, U.S. Army, June 1831
Author Thompson, Alexander Ramsay (1793-1837)
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Ms. account by Major Alexander Thompson of a canoe journey from Green Bay to Mackinac Island, between June 1 and June 23, 1831. Accompanied by William Holiday, proprietor of an American Fur Company trading house in the interior, who is returning to headquarters in Mackinac to settle his accounts, and by eight French voyageurs or "pork-eaters," Thompson leaves Green Bay on June 1, 1831 in a 30-foot bark canoe owned by the Company. As the travelers make their way around the Bay, he comments on the forests, wildlife, and the customs and legends of the Menomonee, Chippewa, Ottawa, and Winnebago Indians. Weather-bound by strong winds to their camp near Vermilion Island, Thompson hikes along some Indian trails, observing the abundant wild strawberries, roses, peas, grapes, currants, and gooseberries, and moccasin flowers, as well as bear, deer, bald eagle, and sturgeon. The strong winds are a constant hindrance throughout the trip, but finally, at Louse Island, they enter Lake Michigan, paddling at night in the moonlight to take advantage of the calm waters. They arrive at Mackinac Island on June 23rd, and are greeted by Company official Robert Stuart.
Names Stuart, Robert; Holiday, William
Places Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Louse Island, United States
Keywords travel, travelogue, personal account, observation, American Fur Company, fur trader, France, custom, trail
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3226
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue