A Son of the Fur Trade: The Memoirs of Johnny Grant
Born in 1833 at Fort Edmonton, Johnny Grant experienced and wrote about many historical events in the Canada-US northwest, and died within sight of the same fort in 1907. Grant was not only a fur trader; he was instrumental in early ranching efforts in Montana and played a pivotal role in the Riel Resistance of 1869-70. Published in its entirety for the first time, Grant’s memoir—with a perceptive introduction by Gerhard Ens—is an indispensable primary source for the shelves of fur trade and Métis historians.
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Introduction with the assistance of Allen Ronaghan
In which is set forth my birth and parentage
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