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This site is about the fur trade in Canada and how it led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest and largest company in Canadian history: Hudson's Bay Company. In fact, the history of the fur trade, Hudson's Bay Company and the exploration of Canada are so intertwined that they can not be separated. So read on and learn more about Canada!

For all parts of this site, an excellent source of extra information is The Canadian Encyclopedia, created and maintained by Historica.

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Notes for Teachers and Researchers
This site has been written so students ages 9 and up can use it easily. It includes in-text queries to encourage higher-level thinking. It also has teaching suggestions for this topic, with learning expectations and outcomes identified.

There are also links to useful information on other Web sites and to digitized primary sources in the Early Canadiana Online database. These primary sources should be of use to students writing essays and researchers seeking original information.

Readers will notice that "Hudson's Bay Company" is not called "the Hudson's Bay Company" on this site. This is because the company considers it a proper name, like a person's name, and so does not need "the" before the name.


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