The Fur Trade. Unintended Consequences. History is full of unintended consequences. In 1611, Henry Hudson sought a passage to Asia through the Arctic. He failed in his quest, but his journey brought Hudson Bay to the notice of Europeans.
Study the two paintings. They represent the drama that unfolded across the Northwest from about 1670 until the early years of the nineteenth century.
the sole Trade and Commerce of all those Seas, Streights, Bays, Rivers, Lakes, Creeks, and Sounds... that lie within the entrance of the Streightscommonly called Hudson's Streights, together with all the Lands, Countries and Territories, upon the Coasts and Confines of the Seas, Streights, Bays, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks and Sounds... which are not now actually possessed by any of our Subjects, or by the Subjects of any other Christian Prince or State
Sir George Simpson Receiving a Deputation of Indians in York Factory. Not an image of Fort Churchill but reflective of trade with First Nations
Statue of Pierre LeMoyned'Iberville, at the Valiantes Memorial, in Ottawa
Replica of the Pelican which Iberville captured York Factory for the second time