Old Square-Toes and His Lady
The Life of James and Amelia DouglasBook - 2001
At the pinnacle of his career, Sir James Douglas, fur trader and colonial governor, was knighted by the order of Queen Victoria, and greatly enjoyed the pomp of his position. Considering his modest beginnings as a mixed-race baby in South America, this lofty status was remarkable. The life of Amelia, companion throughout James' long rise, saw even more surprising changes. Amelia was of mixed blood too, being part-Cree, part-Scot. She never left the northern Canadian forests until she married James, but ended up a respected lady of the Empire. Between them, James and Amelia Douglas knew everybody who was anybody in western North America. Their lives saw astonishing contrasts, from crossing North America by canoe to touring Europe by train, from Native uprisings to frantic gold rushes. They met with grief as well as glory, losing seven of their beloved children. This is an engaging story of courage and companionship though James Douglas's role as a public figure is well known, this book offers the first real glimpses of him as a private man, husband and father.
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Horsdal & Schubart : 2001
Branch Call Number: 971.1 D746a
Characteristics: 243p illus