Jonathan Banner discovers American soldiers on an expedition to find the source of the Mississippi River, which they hope is the natural border between the U.S. and Canada. Disappointed ...
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Jonathan Banner discovers American soldiers on an expedition to find the source of the Mississippi River, which they hope is the natural border between the U.S. and Canada. Disappointed that it is not, a fight ensues over what should be the border, but Banner's party and the soldiers settle their differences after being forced to work together to escape quicksand. Banner negotiates the border to favor British interests, taking advantage of the soldiers' hunger. The Americans trick Banner into redrawing the line after dinner, provided that they give Banner's party pipe tobacco. Written by
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
This episode served as the second pilot for the TV series and was made using a primarily Canadian cast and crew. The first unsuccessful pilot, made using an American cast and crew, became the episode, "Black Barrier". After the series was picked up by a Canadian network, the roles of Cavendish and Jean Leboeuf were eliminated and George Tobias was cast as Jonathan Banner's sidekick Pierre Falcon. See more »
Hearing news of an armed force near the border, I was sent by the Hudson's Bay Company to investigate. I decided to ask these soldiers a few questions. My companions were a Cree chief named Cavendish and a trapper named Jean Lebouef, who took a dim view of my questioning an entire army.
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