Alexander Mackenzie(1764-1820) A. Mackenzie was born at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland in 1764.
On June 3, 1789 Mackenzie began his great journey They set off from a village on Lake Athabasca
In the morning on June 25, they left the lake and came to the unexplored river – the river now is known as the Mackenzie
He had discovered and explored more than 2.500 miles long He returned to England in the fall of 1791 for further schooling in astronomy and cartography He brought back valuable information about a vast area of the country he explored
A. Mackenzie decided to start his second expedition from the same point on the Peace River where he had ended his first one He started his exploration on May 9, 1793. By July 4, the party reached place of destination and they continued their journey overland
In his FIRST expedition he had explored a river and found a route to the Arctic; in his SECOND expedition he had broken through the Rockies and opened a way to the Pacific as well!
A. Mackenzie died in Britain in 1820 of Brigit's disease.