Richardson, John,1796–1852, first Canadian novelist to write in English. He fought in the War of 1812 and later served with the British army in England, Spain, and Barbados. His most famous works are two frontier romances, Wacousta (1832) and The Canadian Brothers (1840), both about the OttawaOttawa
, Native Americans whose language belongs to the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages).
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fl. 1760–66, Ottawa chief. He may have been the chief met by Robert Rogers in 1760 when Rogers was on his way to take possession of the Western forts for the English.
..... Click the link for more information. . His own experiences furnished material for Personal Memoirs (1838), The War of 1812 (1842), and other vivid, historical works.
Born Nov. 5, 1787, in Dumfries, Scotland; died June 5, 1865, in Grasmere, England. Scottish explorer of the Canadian arctic; physician.
From 1819 to 1822 and from 1825 to 1827, Richardson was a member of J. Franklin’s expeditions. In 1826, while leading a party eastward by sea from Mackenzie Bay, he discovered a part of the northern coast of North America, measuring more than 1,500 km in length, including Cape Parry and the Dolphin and Union Strait. In 1848 he journeyed by land along the coast from the mouth of the Mackenzie River to Boothia Peninsula. Richardson was a fellow of the Royal Society (1825).