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Transcript of John Rae
John Rae’s father was the local agent for the Hudson’s Bay company in Orkney, he spent his boyhood there, receiving his education at home for private tutor. As a boy he learned to sail small boats and shoot, and he spent much of his time outdoors, on expeditions to the hills and moors and rock-climbing on the sea cliffs. Why is John Rae important? What impact John Rae had on the Americas and the world? By 1849 Rae was in charge of the Mackenzie River district at Fort Simpson. He was soon called upon to head north again, this time in search of two missing ships from the Franklin Expedition.While exploring the Boothia Peninsula in 1854 Rae made contact with local Inuit, from whom he earned much information about the fate of the lost naval expedition. His report to the British Admiralty carried shocking and unwelcome evidence that cannibalism had been a last resort for some of the survivors. When and where John Rae made his journey? In 1844–45, wanting to learn how to examine, Rae walked 1200 miles over two months in the winter forest, a feat that earned him the Inuit nickname Aglooka, "he who takes long strides." In 1846 Rae went on his first expedition and in 1848 joined Sir John Richardson in searching for the Northwest Passage. How John Rae traveled Rae traveled by by boat,and land.
Rae traveled the west coast of British Colombia and the northern Canada,
and the Boothia Peninsula. Rae became known for his wonderful stamina and skilled use of snow shoes.He learned to live off the land like the Inuit and working with the local craftsmen, designed his own snow shoes. This knowledge allowed him to travel great distances with little equipment and few followers, unlike many other explorers of the Victorian Age. Interesting facts 1. Rae traveled with the inuits using dog-sledges.
2.Rae traveled the Arctic coast. The expedition, led by Sir John Franklin, had disappeared after leaving England in 1845 to search for the Northwest Passage - a navigable Arctic route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
In charge of the search was Sir John Richardson, who wanted Rae as his second-in-command. Rae ended up leading two missions in an attempt to locate the missing sailors.
Throughout this period, Rae continued charting the unknown territories of the north Canadian coast. Because of this, he succeeded where Franklin had failed and proved the existence of the North West passage.