Alexander MACKENZIE was his second-in-command during the winter of 1787-88 and was greatly influenced by Pond's conception of the region's geography. Having been implicated in the murder of 2 competitors, Pond left the FUR TRADE under a cloud. He went back to the US, probably to his birthplace. The map of the North-West that he drew in 1784-85, based on his own exploration and Indian reports, is the earliest to depict what is now called the Mackenzie Basin. He subsequently prepared other versions of the map and wrote an account of his early adventures, a work which radiates the energy and enormous confidence that drove him.
Author JANE E. GRAHAM
Links to Other Sites
Archaeology: Fur Trade and Archaeology in Alberta
About the historical significance of fur trade archaeological sites in Alberta. From the website for the Royal Alberta Museum.