Alexander Mackenzie's Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in 1793

Alexander Mackenzie's Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in 1793

Alexander Mackenzie's Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in 1793

Alexander Mackenzie's Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in 1793

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For the subject matter of this year's volume of The Lakeside Classics we turn back to a story of the north country. Before the French and Indian War, the French fur traders, using Mackinaw as a base, made occasional ventures to the shores of Lake Superior and into the unknown country beyond. After Canada fell into the hands of the English, Scotch and English individual fur traders began extending their operations into this far territory and soon had established trading posts over a territory extending a thousand miles north and west of Lake Superior. In 1787 the most aggressive and capable of these fur traders organized themselves into the North-West Fur Company and became its "partners." The partners organized the company to eliminate the ruinous competition between themselves that had destroyed the profits of the trade and also to fight more effectively, through this co-operation, the claimed monopoly of the long-established Hudson's Bay Company.

Alexander Mackenzie, the author of this volume, in 1788 was in charge, as a partner . . .

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