Superior Rendezvous-Place: Fort William in the Canadian Fur by Jean Morrison

By Jean Morrison

Jean Morrison has written a desirable and significant publication, filled with drama and vibrant old figures. infrequent work, drawings, maps and archival pictures supplement her impeccable study and vigorous textual content. improved Rendezvous-Place encompasses the French predecessors of citadel William, local Peoples of the time and the evolution of the fur exchange, with an emphasis at the North West corporation period. This most crucial paintings concludes with information of the reconstruction of the castle and the improvement of outdated castle William, certainly one of Ontario's "must see" sights. "Jean Morrison is a usual tale teller, and hers is a vital historic rfile within the compelling background of castle William, as soon as the centre of the North American advertisement universe."- Peter C. Newman, writer of Caesars of the wasteland "This e-book is tremendous interpreting. Jean Morrison's prose is beautiful."- Carolyn Podruchny, fur exchange historian, Newberry Library, Chicago

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Where possible, tracking was undertaken to avoid the onerous portaging of canoe and freight around hazardous waters. From Superior Illusions by Richard Pope. Courtesy of Neil Broadfoot. Opposite bottom: Voyageurs at Dawn, 1871, by Frances Anne Hopkins. Travelling conditions beyond the settled areas of Canada had changed little since the earliest days of the fur trade as seen by the cooking pots and pans, baskets and crates and sleeping arrangements for voyageurs. Of special interest is the Native woman going about her tasks.

Curiously, the minutes of 1803 make no mention of the XY Company's headquarters under construction up river nor of that company's extraordinary inroads into the NWC's trade. But, in 1804, the Nor'westers had no choice but to face the impact of competition. A "system of Economy" forbade partners the use of light canoes and having more than one manservant. The only winners were the voyageurs who, benefiting from competition for their services, enjoyed a few years of higher wages. For everyone else, rivalry between the New and Old Companies spelled disaster, especially for Indians from the volume of alcohol lavished on them by the competing firms.

With the aid of Indian guides, the indomitable Mackenzie, his clerk Alexander MacKay and six voyageurs were the first Europeans north of Mexico to cross North America to the Pacific. Yet this incredibly difficult and dangerous expedition, too, had failed. 15 Depressed and anxious to quit the Athabasca, Mackenzie's prayers were answered in 1795 when he joined McTavish, Frobisher 8c Company, the NWC's firm of Montreal agents. Although he could now winter in Montreal and travel only as far as Grand Portage each summer, in 1799 he quit the NWG.

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