John Tod, Rebel in the Ranks

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TouchWood Editions, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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Canada's western wilderness was the scene of fur trader John Tod's extraordinary life. Born in a Scottish village in 1794, Tod spent 40 adventurous years working for the Hudson's Bay Company and in his later years, served on the first Legislative Council of the fledgling colony of Vancouver Island. Posted all over the Company's vast territory - York Factory, McLeod Lake, Fort Alexandria, Island Lake, Fort Kamloops - he spent most of his years in New Caledonia.

A spirited and prickly man he was a free thinker, impatient with authority and distrustful of many of his superiors. He was also a lifelong and loyal friend to many of his fur-trade colleagues, especially John Work, the Ermatinger brothers and James Murray Yale. Tod saw astonishing changes in the west, from the bitter warfare between the Hudson's Bay Company and the Nor'Westers, to settlement by pioneers and the conventions of the polite colonial society.

Few lives have spanned such contrasts. This definitive biography presents the picture of the unusual man in an exciting era.


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This book should be required reading for every school child in Canada. It is one of the best books that shows us the story of how the country was settled and how in the 19th century aboriginal and whites were on an equal footing in the interior of BC.
It is also a chance to see the start of Canadian society and the development of one Canada's main cities.


The NeerDaeWell is Back
The Heroes of the Opposition
The Voyage Was a Terrible One
That Inhospitable Stepmother New Caledonia
Just Cause to Complain
She is Subject to a Mental Affliction
One of the Most Appalling Calamities
He Merited Death at Our Hands
I Do Not Wish to Incur Their Contempt
A Perfect Eden
My Face is Painted

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Robert C. Belykis an author who is particularly interested in western history and the paranormal. He has written eight books, including Ghosts: True Stories from British Columbia, Ghosts II: More True Stories from British Columbia, Great Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast, Ghosts: True Tales of Eerie Encounters, and Ghosts: More Eerie Encounters. He writes for publications such as Canadian West, Photo Life, British Columbia History, Beautiful British Columbia, the Islander, Wild West, and True West. Visit Robert online at .

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