Canada 150: Simon Fraser journeyed the mighty river that bears his name

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians. European explorers left names on landmarks, but few spent more than a few months here while in transit. But Simon Fraser spent a decade setting up a commercial network that was in place half a century before British Columbia was even conceptualized. Fraser’s life traces the geopolitical formation of the North America we now inhabit. He was born May 20, 1776 (before the United States existed) at a rural homestead. Both New York and New Hampshire claimed it. He was the son of highlanders who left Scotland in 1773. His father was a loyalist, and died a prisoner of war. His mot

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