Barry McDivitt Redcoats and Renegades

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Redcoats and Renegades

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In the 1870s, a teenage criminal from New York makes history when he becomes the first person arrested by Canadas newly created national police forcethe original RCMPand then unwillingly accompanies the North West Mounted Police on their 1874 expedition into Canadas untamed and lawless west. At first the street-smart youth privately mocks his Mountie companions, but after sharing their hardships he comes to identify with them. The March West, as it became known, was well documented. The first NWMP commissioner, George A. French, gathered 275 policemen (the youngest of whom was a 16 year old), 339 horses, 142 oxen, 114 Red River carts, 73 wagons, and two cannons each weighing a ton. From Fort Dufferin, near Winnipeg, they headed 800 miles west toward the Rocky Mountains to restore order in the northwest. They endured terrible hardships: lack of water and firewood, and insect plagues, the death of most of the horses, and inadequate equipment. Their fate changed when the force met Jerry Potts, an extraordinary guide, who led them to the hub of the illegal whiskey trade at Fort Whoop-Up. This rollicking and humorous historical adventure sheds light on a colourful chapter of Canadian history, one most Canadian writers have largely ignored. In McDivitts capable hands it comes to life again.

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Barry McDivitt, a writer/producer for Global Television, has spent twenty years in the field of journalism and his award-winning work has appeared on the CBC and Global networks as well as in many newspapers and magazines. He has also worked in radio, public relations, Globals promotions department, and has written several screenplays. McDivitt is the author of the novel The Youngest Spy (Thistledown Press 2007). He lives in Kelowna, BC.

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