Sunday, July 13, 2014

British/American History: Scottish Explorer Alexander Mackenzie Concludes Journey to "Disappointment River" - JULY 14, 1789

225 years ago today, Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie reached the mouth of a river system in north-western Canada that he believed would lead to the Pacific; however, he was in for a major disappointment..

Setting off by canoe from his Canadian outpost, Mackenzie eventually happened upon not the Pacific, but the Arctic Ocean. Upon this unfortunate discovery, it is rumoured that Mackenzie initially named the river system the "Disappointment River," though this has never been verified by historians.  

The Mackenzie River, named after the Scot, is the second longest river system in North America, behind only the Mississippi.

You can find out more about Alexander Mackenzie here.

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This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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