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  1. Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road
    Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road
    Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road
    Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road
    Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road
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  2. Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road

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A lively and entertaining look at early Ontario history.

This is the illustrated history of the Great North Road. In 1870 the author's great-great uncle James Macfie, a middle-aged bachelor of Scottish birth, crossed Georgian Bay from Collingwood, Ontario, to the fledgling village of Parry Sound, where he found work with a crew clearing a wagon road into the hinterland. Ten years later, the author's grandfather Frank Macfie followed his Uncle James up that road, forging the second link in a chain of events that led eventually to this book.

The path these pioneers followed was known as the Great North Road (also called the Great Northern Colonization Road), one of a score or more colonization routes that, beginning in the 1850s, the Ontario government pushed into the rock-ribbed southern flank of the Precambrian Shield to admit agricultural settlers. It was Man against Nature in its most primary form -- bareknuckled roadbuilders and homesteaders attempting to transform a rugged landscape containing the most ancient rock on the continent.

Most of the land proved unsuitable for crops, but a great many families settled along the road nonetheless, and they and their descendants created some of the province's most proud and picturesque communities along Georgian Bay. This fascinating book is filled with stories and photographs the reveal a little-known aspect of Ontario's history.

Specifications

Country
USA
Author
John Macfie
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: Boston Mills Press
EAN
9781550464214
Edition
1St Edition
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
1550464213
Label
Boston Mills Press
Manufacturer
Boston Mills Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
160
PublicationDate
2004-08-07
Publisher
Boston Mills Press
Studio
Boston Mills Press
ReleaseDate
0000-00-00
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