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McTAVISH, Donald, Canadian explorer, born in Stratherick, Scotland, about 1755 ; died near Cape Disappointment, North Pacific ocean, 22 May, 1815. He emigrated to Canada, and became a partner in the Northwest company. For about a quarter of a century he was employed in the wilds of Upper Canada and the interior of the northwestern regions of America. He was very successful in promoting the interests of the company, and was received by the Indians as one of themselves. He organized and had command of an expedition that crossed the continent of North America, and, after escaping innumerable perils, he and six of his companions were lost near Cape Disappointment, at the mouth of Columbia river. The object of their expedition was to establish a connection with China, a project that was accomplished more than seventy years after McTavish's death.
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