Fort Timiskaming and the Fur Trade

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Fort Timiskaming and the Fur Trade
The author traces the history of Fort Timiskaming and its subsidiary posts from the first French establishments in the 1670s and 1680s until 1870, when the Hudson's Bay territory became part of the new Dominion of Canada. Fort Timiskaming, now a National Historic Site, is located on the Quebec side of the upper reaches of the Ottawa River, and its subsidiary forts were on both the Quebec and Ontario sides of the river. The author describes the exploitation of the posts by freetraders from Montreal after 1763, their purchase by the North West Company in 1795, the struggle between rival Canadian and English (Hudson's Bay Company) traders before 1821, and the events following the amalgamation in 1821 of the North West and Hudson's Bay companies. Succeeding generations of the Cameron family, most of whom were born in Scotland, are associated with the running of Fort Timiskaming for both the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company, starting with AEneas Cameron (1755-1822) who arrived at the North West Company post in 1793 and stayed until 1804. The author also discusses the effect of the district's fortunes on petty traders, lumbermen, missionaries, and settlers, and offers a general picture of the country and of life at the posts.
Toronto, ON
University of Toronto Press
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Mitchell, Elaine Allan. Fort Timiskaming and the Fur Trade. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 1977.
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