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History
Course
History 2201E
Professor
Prof
Semester
Fall

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THE NORTHWEST BEFORE CONFEDERATION THE FURTRADE CONNECTION 1670s1860sINTRODUCTIONThe Northwestroughly the part of presentday Canada that includes the three Prairie Provinces and northwestern Ontariowas claimed as Ruperts Land by the Hudsons Bay Company HBC following its establishment in 1670This lecture offers an overview of some two centuries of contact between the First Nations of this region and French and English tradersThe fur trade was responsible for Europeans growing knowledge of this vast region and for a long period of whiteaboriginal interaction including extensive intermarriage and some reciprocal cultural changeBut it was only in 1812 that a permanent white settlement was established and only in the 1840s that the settlement experienced significant impact from the outside world The major turning point for the entire region would come only after Con
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