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Trade Builds a Nation: The Hudson Bay Company

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ClassGraphic In May, 1670, Charles II gave the new Hudson’s Bay Company “Sole Trade and Commerce” rights as “true and absolute Lordes and Proprietors” of a region stretching from Hudson’s Bay to the Pacific Ocean, over 40% of Canada, including portions of what would become the American states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Washington and Oregon. The monopoly endured until 1869 when the Company surrendered its land rights to the British Crown. What happened in those 200 years is the subject of this study group. Our book, The Company: The Rise and Fall of The Hudson’s Bay Empire (Anchor Canada 2021) by Stephen Bown, details the hardships, adventure, and determination of the travelers and fur traders who extracted millions in profits from the global fur trade, in the process exploring and mapping millions of acres of territory. We will discuss Bown's argument that the traders’ interactions with Indigenous peoples, positive and negative, were essential to their success. We will also explore Bown's explanation of how the Company shaped the political and economic geography of the regions. Join us for our explorations

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Margaret A Schilt2.Richard Krantz 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2024 - 6/5/2024 Weekly - Wed 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Richard Krantz  ; Margaret A Schilt 
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