Sinclair Expedition

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Introduction The Sinclair Expedition took place in the summer and fall of 1841 when the University of Edinburgh educated Métis guide and leader James Sinclair led 22 Red River families from Fort Garry in what is now Winnipeg to Fort Vancouver, in what is now Oregon. The journey was a notable emigration and included the exploration of new passes through the rockies with the help of several local men including Métis Guide Jemmy Jock Bird and the Cree Warrior and Guide Bras Croche (Broken Arm) who were essential in aiding the 1941 expedition through the Rockies. Sinclair Pass, Mount Sinclair and Whiteman Pass are all named after Sinclair and his party. The description of the expedition is drawn from first hand sources, particularly emigrant John Flett's papers, HBC Governor Sir George Simpson's journals and Fort Vancouver Chief Factor Dr. John McLaughlin's letters and Journals.