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The Hubbard Expeditions
Labrador Heritage Society
North West River , Newfoundland and Labrador


   In 1903, Leonidas Hubbard,
a reporter from New York,
came to Labrador to do an
expedition for a magazine he
was working for. He wanted to
travel where no white man has
ever gone before. Starting in
North West River he wanted to
go to Fort Chimo, now
Kuujjuaq. He brought a

partner, Dillon Wallace, and
a guide from Hudson Bay,
George Elson. He did not
listen to the advice of the
local people. His fatal
mistake was made at the
beginning of the trip when
they took the wrong river.
They had a very difficult
time and had to turn back.

Leonidas himself starved to
death before making it back
to North West River.
   In 1905, both Mina
Hubbard, the widow of
Leonidas, and Dillon Wallace,
the partner of Leonidas in
the first trip, decided to
try to complete this
expedition. They did not go

together, since they did not
get along because Mina blamed
Wallace for her husbands
death. Mina Hubbard was
accompanied by Gilbert Blake,
a man from North West River.
Wallace did not take a local
guide. The race was on. Mina
completed the trip long
before Wallace.

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