Peter Warren Dease


Hudson's Bay Company officer (chief trader); British and Mohawk ancestry

Arctic explorer; accompanied Franklin's Second Land Journey 1825-7; in charge of 1837-9 expedition which mapped the Arctic coast from Alaska to King William Island

Dease Strait, between Victoria Island and the Arctic coast, namedafter him

While in charge of HBC's British Columbia district (1831-5), encouraged games such as chess at his command post at Fort St. James


Source: William R. Sampson, Dictionary of Canadian Biography,

1861-1870 Volume IX, University of Toronto/UniversitÈ Laval, 2000; 

In quest of the North West Passage by Leslie Neatby, 1958, p.93, 122-7.

Copyright 2011. David Cohen.

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