|Merino Ram. Powerhouse Museum 1953 Samuel Sidney.|
|George Back Sketchbook 1820-21 Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1994-254-1.53R|
Further attempts to get sheep to the settlement met with disaster. When a flock of over one thousand was purchased in Kentucky and driven across country, they travelled through country rife with spear grass. As Morton notes "the spears entered their flesh in such quantity as to make the whole body a festering sore. The carcasses of the dead marked the way across the plains northward." (Morton, 27) Morton sums up these efforts with a grim assessment: "all attempts to find an exportable product thus failing, the colony was necessarily reduced to playing the modest part of handmaid to the furtrade."