Author Addresses Current Issues with Historical Journey

It seems much attention is focused on the U.S.’s southern border.  Yet our “other” border, with Canada,  is the world’s longest international border and the one with which Minnesotans are much more familiar.
 
Northland:  A 4,000 Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border (W.W. Norton, July 2018) begins in Lubec, Maine, where author Porter Fox spent three years traversing the nearly 4,000 miles of this strategically important border, touching on the histories of the area’s rail, timber and iron industries, outlining Samuel Champlain’s 1604 expedition, tracing fur trading routes in the Boundary Waters and following the 49th parallel west from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean.
 
The history, flora, fauna, geology, people, landscapes and resources of the border are blended into his travels by foot, canoe, train, car and freighter.  This is a timely and important book, given the increased attention being paid to the border’s natural resources and the issues of climate change, border security, mining and oil controversies and water issues.

—Sarah Nagle
Collections librarian, Carver County Library