Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ted Cowan to Speak at Simon Fraser University on October 6th

The Centre for Scottish Studies at SFU is pleased to announce the following talk by Professor Ted Cowan (University of Glasgow):

'The Quest for New Caledonia: Scots in the Pacific Northwest'

Ever since Sir William Alexander received the grant of Nova Scotia in 1620 Scots had striven to establish their 'New Caledonia' in the New World. Several unsuccessful ventures shared the name. When BC was created in 1858 it was originally to be named New Caledonia, an appellation first coined by Simon Fraser. This talk explores the remarkable Scottish contribution to the opening up of the Pacific Northwest, mainly, though not exclusively, through the fur trade. It touches on such themes as the rivalry between the fur trade companies, the exploration of the northwest, the establishment of the frontier with the US, the globalisation of trade and the creation of the multicultural province that is BC.

All are welcome. There is no charge for this talk.
Thursday, October 6 2011 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
Ted, who was my dissertation advisor at Glasgow, is an engaging speaker and I encourage you to attend the lecture, if you happen to be in Vancouver.
with thanks to Lizanne Henderson

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