Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure

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Kodansha International, 1996 - History - 389 pages
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In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard was commissioned by an outdoors magazine to explore Labrador by canoe. Joined by his best friend, Dillon Wallace, and a Scots-Cree guide, George Elson, Hubbard hoped to make a name for himself as an adventurer. But plagued by poor judgment and bad luck, his party turned back and Hubbard died of starvation just thirty miles from camp. Two years later, Hubbard's widow, Mina, and Wallace returned to Labrador, leading rival expeditions to complete the original trek and fix blame for the earlier failure. Their race made headlines from New York to Nova Scotia - and it makes fascinating reading today in this widely acclaimed reconstruction of the epic saga. The authors draw on contemporary accounts and their own journeys in Labrador to evoke the intense drama of men and women pushed beyond the limits of endurance in one of the great true adventures of our century.

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Great Heart is well researched, it's neat someone found old diaries and retold the 1903 and 1905 Hubbard/Wallace/Elson expeditions in Labrador, mostly forgotten today but better known in the first ... Read full review

Great heart: the history of a Labrador adventure

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This book recounts the intertwined fates of three expeditions to Labrador at the turn of the century. In 1903 Leonidas Hubbard, Dillon Wallace, and George Easton mounted an overland trek that was ... Read full review

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JAMES WEST DAVIDSON is a historian who lives in Rhinebeck, New York. JOHN RUGGE is a physician living in Glens Falls, New York. They have also written The Complete Wilderness Paddler.

HOWARD FRANDK MOSHER is the author of Disappearances and Northern Borders. He lives in northern Vermont.

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