Let's make a trading company around the Hudson Bay.
Really creative name.
Let's call it the Hudsons Bay company!
Europeans came to fish for cob off the shore. Britsh fishers prefered to dry there catch so they set up drying stations or flakes. Other countries came to land to fill up on water. Becasue of this they encountered First Nations and they traded. The trading was mutual and benefited both groups.
Phase 4 The Drive Out West
This is our land so were building farms.
By this time New France was established as a colony. The fur trade was the main economic activity. The French created trading alliances with First Nations. At that time a war broke out between the Haudenosaunee and the French. With help from the British, the Haudenosaunee managed to take out the Ouendat. The Ouendat were middlemen in the trade. This led to the rise of the Courier de Bois.
Phase 5 Monopoly in the West
In this phase the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) was formed. This created competition between the French Network and the HBC. The Cree and Nakoda became middlemen for both the HBC and French. Voyageurs began to emerge. Also the Metis people emerged.
Why don't we stop fighting and merge together.
When Britain took acquired New France the fur trade was pushed out for agricultural activities. Merchants then took the fur trade into their own hands and worked as independents. They soon converged into the North West Company (NWC). The HBC and NWC competed against each other for First Nation contacts and resources out west. The Metis culture was also established in Red River.
Okay, I'll make my own fur trade company then.
Competition between the NWC and HBC led to shootings, hostages and more. In 1821 as a type of peace treaty they merged together under the name of the Hudson's Bay Company. But the fur trade was beginning to decline as the beaver and buffalo population had almost dropped to zero. Also demand for furs in Europe started to diminish. In 1869 the HBC and Britain sold Rupert's land to Britain.