Item iw-gpr-15 - Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trade Ledger

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Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trade Ledger

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  • 1834-1840 (Creation)
    Hudson's Bay Company

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105 p. textual records

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For more than 300 years the Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading stations lay scattered over the vast northern regions of Canada. Most of their stores -- formerly referred to as trading posts -- were located along the shores of Hudson Bay, James Bay, and the Arctic Ocean and throughout the western interior, including the Yukon. In 1840 the Hudson's Bay Company sent Robert Campbell into the Yukon River watershed for the first time. Between 1840 and 1852 he established trading posts at Fort Frances on Frances Lake, Pelly Banks along the Pelly River and Fort Selkirk where the Pelly River meets the Yukon River. His final attempt at a viable trading post at Fort Selkirk was burned to the ground in 1852 by coastal Chilkats who felt threatened by Campbell's trading location. At this point the Hudson's Bay Company pulled out of the Yukon and did not have a presence in the Yukon for the next 86 years. The Hudson's Bay Company returned to the Yukon in 1938 opening stores at Fort Selkirk, Stewart and Whitehorse. The Fort Selkirk and Stewart stores closed in the early 1950s when the construction of the highway to Dawson City put an end to the sternwheelers on the Yukon River. The Whitehorse store closed in 1941. It re-opened in 1962 and operated until the mid 1980s.

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<form><textarea wrap class=datatext cols=80 rows=10>The fur trade ledger is a record of interactions at the Dunvegan Post from 1834 to 1840. It includes an 1838 inventory of goods in use at Fort Dunvegan; an 1840 inventory, presumabley of goods at Fort Dunvegan; invenmtories of goods in the Leather Depot, goods received from Fort Vermilion, Fort Chipiwyan, New Caledonia; Invoices of Fur Packs made at Dunvegan; accounts with Joseph Beaudoin, Louis Bourassa, Emanuel Cournoyer, Colin Campbell, S.B. Lafleur, William Murray, Edward McGillivray, Pierre Plante, P. Lalonde, Felix St. Pierre, (J.?) B. St. Cyre, Rod McLeod, Charles La Fleur, B. LaFleur, Joseph Le Tendre, Pierre Tarlongtargonte, Eathella, Brule, Bec de Lievre, Barbue, Chartier, Renard, Annauscie, Capot Blanc, Croche (Atchickoy), Fantasque, I B. Boifson, B. Bastonais, Mayare, Testawitch, LaGlace, Mayotise, Sakenonone, Canard, Bras Casse, The Sinew, Mauvais Jambes, Toufsaint, Le Lievre (Wapouce), L'Aigle, and William McMurray among others.</textarea></form>

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modified: 2006-03-30

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