Northland by Porter Fox


Northland is a travelogue by Porter Fox, who spent three years exploring the 4,000-mile border between Maine and Washington. He traveled by canoe, freighter, car, and foot, following explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures across the Northeast. The book blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region’s history with a riveting account of his travels.

The main themes of the book include the forgotten northern border of America, the beauty of untouched land, the diverse cultures and sub-cultures of native peoples, the history of the region, and the environmental and geopolitical issues surrounding the area.

What I Liked

Fascinating travel book about an overlooked region.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing – loved it!

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