Exploration in the Coppermine River Area, Northwest Territories
OCCURRENCES of native copper have been known along the Arctic coast of Canada, especially in the vicinity of the Coppermine river, since the early part of the eighteenth century (See map, Figure 2,, insert) . In 1769, Samuel Hearne, a clerk of the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Churchill, was sent to explore the 'copper mines' from which natives had been reported to secure copper for tools, fishing spears, etc. After two unsuccessful attempts, he reached the Coppermine river in 1771, accompanied by Indian guides.
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