Table des matières


Tom and Nell Smith
Editor’s Note
P. Whitney Lackenbaue

Introduction: Territorial Sovereignty Before 1879
1. The Transfers of Arctic Territories form Great Britain to Canada
2. Period of Relative Inactivity and Unconcern, 1870–80
3. Organization and Administration of the NWT, 1894–1918
4. Whaling and the Yukon Gold Rush
5. The Alaska Boundary Dispute
6. Foreign Explorers in the Canadian North, 1877–1917
7. Canadian Government Expeditions to Northern Waters, 1897–1918
8. The Sector Principle and the Background of Canada’s Sector Claim
9. Vilhjalmur Stefannson and His Plans for Northern Enterprise after the First World War
10. Danish Sovereignty, Greenland, and the Ellesmere Island Affair of 1919–21
11. The Wrangel Island Affair of the Early 1920s
12. The Question of Sovereignty over the Sverdrup Islands, 1925–30
13. The Easter Greenland Case and Its Implications for the Canadian North
14. American Explorers in the Canadian Arctic and Related Matters, 1918–39
15. The Eastern Arctic Patrol, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Other Government Activities, 1922–39
16. Epilogue: Henry Larsen, the St. Rock, and the Northwest Passage Voyage of 1940–42

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Dr. Gordon W. Smith dedicated much of his life to researching Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic. This first volume of his work provides the most comprehensive documentation yet available on the post-Confederation history of Canadian sovereignty in the north.


  • Winner, NASOH John Lyman Book Award for Canadian Naval and Maritime History 2014
  • Winner, Canadian Nautical Research Society Keith Matthews Award 2015
  • Winner, BPAA Alberta Book Publishing Award for Scholarly and Academic Book 2015



I strongly recommend this present volume to all Canadians and others interested in issues of Canadian Sovereignty in the Arctic

—Colonel (Ret'd) Brian K. Wntzell, Canadian Naval Review


One of the most comprehensive and detailed histories of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.

—Adam Lajeunesse, Canadian Journal of History