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Climate in the Age of Empire: Weather Observers in Colonial Canada

Victoria C. Slonosky

Covering work by early French and British observers, including the most assiduous colonial weather observers, King’s Physician Jean-Francois Gaultier (1706–1756) and McGill Observatory founder Dr. Charles Smallwood (1812–1873), the book presents excerpts from weather diaries and other records that reveal, more than the climate itself, colonial attitudes toward it.

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