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  • Selkirk
  • Yay!
  • Selkirk's Grant
  • We will do whatever it takes!
  • Settlers
  • Macdonell
  • Follow me!
  • Selkirk convinces Hudson's Bay Company to give him 300,000 square kilometers of land. Both Selkirk and HBC believe that they are entitled to this land because it is a part of Rupert's Land which was granted by the king as a monopoly. They do not even care about the people already living there.
  • Fort Pembina
  • This land spans from Southern Manitoba to Northern Dakota and is also known as Selkirk's Grant. It is given to the farming colonists, but they soon realize that their farming techniques from Europe do not work. Selkirk's plan was not as successful as he had hoped for.
  • Yay! I don't care about the repercussions of this except that my men will have food during the winters!
  • Red River Settlement
  • Meanwhile in Britain, Miles Macdonnell gathers Scottish and Irish workers and leads them to the Red River. They spend winters at Fort Pembina because winters in the Red River come early and are very cold. Crops are very difficult to grow.
  • Burn it all guys!
  • When the poor European settlers first arrive, they realize that growing crops is difficult and that winters in Red River come early and are very harsh. They go to Fort Pembina during the winters.
  • That way!
  • Although the crops survive the second year, Macdonell wants to make sure that the colonists have food during the winters. To ensure this stable supply of food, Macdonell issues his Pemmican Proclamation. This bans the sale and export of pemmican in the Red River. However, he is indifferent to the fact that the Métis rely on selling pemmican to the NWC. This adds to the many problems between the HBC and NWC.
  • No more trading pemmican!
  • Duncan Cameron, the NWC chief trader, has the right to be infuriated because of the mistreatment of the NWC and Métis by the proclamation and HBC. He leads the NWC and Métis in retaliation. They burn the colonists' buildings, destroy crops, and shoot rifles at night. Surely, the proclamation is problematic.
  • Cameron
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