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'From Canada by land' - Alexander MacKenzie reaches the Pacific, 22 July 1793

Caption: 'From Canada by land' - Alexander MacKenzie reaches the Pacific, 22 July 1793

Alexander MacKenzie and his companions arrived on the Pacific coast by the Bella Coola River on 22 July 1793. The expedition started in Montreal and crossed the Rocky Mountains. This was the first North American overland crossing to the Pacific and it had far-reaching geostrategic implications regarding territorial claims for Canada, Britain and the United States. The United State’s expedition by Lewis and Clark, made more famous by the American media, only reached the Pacific in November 1805.