History Archive > Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula Vol. 1 (1863)

[Volume 1] Explorations in the interior of the Labrador peninsula : the country of the Montagnais and Nasquapee Indians


Date: 1863



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Hind, Henry Youle. Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula Vol. 1. London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green. 1863.


Hind, Henry Youle (1863) Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula Vol. 1. London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green.


Hind, Henry Youle, Explorations in the Interior of the Labrador Peninsula Vol. 1. London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green. 1863.


Henry Youle Hind was an English geologist and explorer who was appointed by the Canadian government to conduct a survey of the Labrador Peninsula in 1861. Hind and the expedition traveled around the Bay of Seven Islands on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence then overland by the Moisie River to Hamilton Inlet on the Labrador Coast.

The vivid chromolithographs were made after drawings by Hind's brother Henry, who traveled from England to accompany the expedition. Overall the expedition was not of much scientific value but Hind reports on matters related to ethnology and other natural surroundings that are very important. According to Field;

"All that Mr. Hind undertakes, is done so thoroughly that little more could be indicated, to complete the exhaustion of his subject. [His] volumes are almost entirely occupied with incidents of Indian life and character, particularly of the Montagnais, Abenakis, and Esquimaux Indians"

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Vol. 1. The Labrador Peninsula ; The mouth of the Moisie to the grand rapids ; Mista-Ka-Pitagan or the grand portage ; The Marten trapper ; The grand portage to the first gorge of the Moisie ; The first gorge to the See-Way-Sini-Kop portage ; The second gorge of the Moisie to Cold-Water River portage ; 'The lake where the sand lies' to 'Gneiss terraces' ; The Ka-Pi-Sta-Wa-Ti-Sagan, or ridge portage, to the Ojia-Pi-Si-Tagan, or top of the ridge ; The night-blind voyageur ; The mountain, or top of the ridge, portage ; Trout Lake to Lake Nipisis ; Lake Nipisis to Bear Lake ; The Snow-White Rock to Caribou Lake ; The burnt country and the table land ; 'The dark days of Canada' ; The return ; The Moisie Bay and the fisheries of the gulf ; The Moisie Bay to Seven Islands ; Seven Islands.

Vol. 2. The Montagnais, or the Tshe-Tsi-Uetin-Euerno, the people of the North-North-East ; The Bay of Seven Islands ; Seven Islands to the Mingans ; The St. Lawrence below Montreal. The estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence ; The Gulf of St. Lawrence ; The voyage to Mingan ; The Nasquapees, or the people standing upright ; The present condition of the Montagnais Indians ; A brief history and geographical description of the Labrador Peninsula ; The Labradorians ; The Roman Catholic missions of the Labrador Peninsula ; General description of the North shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and of the coast of Labrador ; Church of England missions on the Gulf and Labrador coasts. Moravian missions ; The seal fishery ; The political and commercial importance of the fisheries of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador, and Newfoundland ;

Appendix I: Distances (shore, not sailing) from Quebec to Blanc Sablon, the Eastern boundary of Canada ; Appendix II: Reflections in 1857 on the future of British America / by the Hon. W.H. Seward, Secretary of State, after visiting the coast of Labrador and parts of Canada ; Appendix III: The Indians of the Youcon / by the Rev. W.W. Kirkby ; Appendix IV: The Esquimaux of Anderson's River ; Appendix V: Census of the population of Mackenzie's River District, June 1, 1858 / from the report of James Anderson, Esq., Chief Factor ; Appendix VI: Indian races to the North of the Cree hunting-grounds ; Appendix VII: The Moravian missions in Labrador / by Brother L.T. Reichel ; Appendix VIII: Statistics of the North shore of the River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, from Port Neuf to L'Anse aux Blancs Sablons, 540 miles of sea-shore, in 1861, within the boundaries of Canada.

Original green pebbled cloth, spine gilt. 8vo. 2 volumes. xv, [1], 351; xiii, [3], 304 pp. 2 maps, one of which is folding, 12 chromolithographed plates, 23 black and white woodcuts in the text after William Hind.

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Field 700; Sabin 31933. Staton and Tremaine, 4069.

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