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  • In fact, the first attempt was made more than two hundred years ago by a man named John Ledyard, who planned to walk across Siberia, ride a Russian fur-trade vessel across the ocean to what is now Alaska, and then walk the rest of the way to Washington, D.C., where Thomas Jefferson would warmly greet him.

    Miles to Go

  • And, at last, we now have a book that properly accounts for America's rise as a fur-trade power.

    The Riches Came Pelting Down

  • He journeyed to Unalaska, Kadiak, Atognak, to sealing grounds where he shipped on a fur-trade schooner into the Pribyloff Islands and the Russian Seas, to Yeddo Bay and Copper Island in Japan.

    “There be things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice.”

  • A scholar who has studied narratives of western travel, reports, “During the 1820s, Englishmen and Americans travelling into the Great Lakes fur-trade universe discovered to their surprise that they had entered a foreign country.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • A hundred years ago Detroit was a little French village of wooden houses, a mere post for carrying on the fur-trade with the

    The Englishwoman in America

  • This desire arose as the time approached for the fur-trade monopoly to apply to the British parliament for a renewal of its charter: unsurprisingly, Parliament, like the expansionists in Canada West, wanted to know once and for all just what the company was being permitted a monopoly to control; thus, virtually simultaneously in 1857, the parliamentarians and the colonists commissioned survey expeditions of the West.

    Early Insights: 1857 - 1859 Expeditions

  • A very beneficial fur-trade might undoubtedly be carried on with the inhabitants of this vast coast.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • Pontgrave, Chauvin, and De Monts, with a grant of the fur-trade monopoly, made another unsuccessful attempt to colonize, this time at Tadoussac on the lower St. Lawrence.

    2. Exploration and Settlement, 1500-1719

  • In the days when Ontario and Quebec were a wilderness, except on the borders of the St. Lawrence from Montreal to the Quebec district, the fur-trade of the forests that stretched away beyond the Laurentides, was not only a source of gain to the trading companies and merchants of


  • But all the efforts of himself and his successor, Saint-Vallier, could not practically restrain the sale of spirituous liquors, as long as the fur-trade so largely depended on their consumption.



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