Profit and Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779–1821
By David Morrison
September 2009, ISBN 978-0-660-19914-6
64 pp., 80 illustrations, 20 x 22 cm, paperback
Re-live the heroic days of the Canadian fur trade, a period of a little more than forty years when a group of Montréal traders pushed the limits of European exploration and commerce west from Lake Winnipeg to the Pacific Ocean and north to the Arctic.
The North West Company was established to control competition among a number of independent Montréal fur-trading companies. It brought together mainly Scottish businessmen and partners, French-Canadian voyageurs and their “country wives”, Métis bison-hunters, and Aboriginal trappers and their families in a commercial enterprise which forever changed Canada’s position in North America.
Discover Canada’s “Wild West” through period maps, art, papers and the many beautiful objects which document this adventurous period in our history.