Flashcards in Lesson 8 Deck (69):
What were the first Europeans interested in more than establishing colonies?
exploiting the resources
Was the fur trade a European invention?
No, the First Nations had already developed a complex system. The Europeans simply joined in.
What became the first major European economic activity in North America?
the fur trade
Before the fur trade, what had been the major source of trade commerce in North America?
trade in fisheries
Why was whale meat and fat highly prized?
the blubber was used to make oil for lamps and I guess that people just liked it
Who did the Basque, fishing crews, trade with?
Beothuk of Newfoundland, Innue of Labrador, and the St Lawrence North Shore, and the Mi'kmaq of Gaspe, Chaleur Bay and Cape Bretons
When did the Basque fur trade peak?
When where the Basque merchants forced out of Canada trade?
What was the one time in Canadian history that the Europeans did not try to overrun First Nations land?
the fur trade
When did the prosperous and respect between the First Nations people and colonists begin to end?
with the rise of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).
In what year did the British Government give a massive land grant to the HBC? What was it called?
-Rupert's Land (NWT, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta)
What was the problem with Rupert's Land?
The British government did not own the land they granted to the HBC. As far as the First Nations knew, nobody owned Rupert's Land and the British never bought it.
The European colonial governments were democratic and did not chosider the opinions of which group of people?
The First Nations
Who were colonial governments directly responsible to?
the mother country
In what year did two Frenchmen named what explor the Hudson's Bay and learnt that it was rich with furs?
-Raddisson and Groseillier
When did Raddisson and Groseillier form the HBC?
What did the King of England grant Raddisson and Groseillier?
a monopoly to trade in the Hudson's Bay area even though they did not own the land
What gave Raddisson and Grosseillier a large advantage over the French?
The forts that they build as big ocean ships could navigate their way to the forts. French traders had to paddle long distances for furs.
Where was the HBC given access to? How many km is it?
- 7 770 000 km
When was the first official post opened and where was it opened?
Why were the First Nations integral to the fur trade?
they were the trappers
What was the job of First Nations middlemen?
-collected furs from the interior
-brought the furs to the forts on the Hudson's Bay to trade for riffles, ammunition, pots, cloth, needles, axes, knives, and muskets
The HBC did not create British colonies but instead did what?
brought in employees with contracts to serve the company for 7-9 years
As men were brought in, who did they live with? What did this result in?
Who were the Haudenosaunee supported by to overthrow the French?
the Dutch and the British
Who did the Haudenosaunee beat in 1649?
What resulted from the loss of the Ouendat?
the fur trade lost its middleman
When did the Haudenosaunee have to seek a truce and with whom?
1701 with the French and Anishinabe ("Great Peace")
What are Courier de Bois?
"Runner of the Woods".
They were not approved of by the French and were individuals that when furs becamse scare they decided to live with the Aboriginals.
Became very good middle men for the traders
Why did the Northwest Company (NWC) stake their claims in the interior?
Because they realized that no monopoly could be enforced where the HBC had no presence
When did the NWC start to have a serious impact on the HBC profits?
The NWC was a partnership of how many different fur trading groups?
When was the NWC founded?
What did the NWC exists as for the first few years?
a series of short-term partnerships which lasted for one trading cycle each
Who was the NWC led by?
courageous and enterprising Scottish-Canadian traders from Montreal.
Was the HBC or the NWC the first structure which spanned the continent, and the first North American continent to operate on such a scale?
What did the NWC defy?
The Royal Charter and monopoly that had been given to the HBC
What were the NWC people known as?
Where did the Nor'Westers live, winter, and work?
mostly to the west of Hudson Bay
How did the NWC show their disdain for HBC's charter rights?
by building their forts right beside those of the HBC at strategic trading posts
How was the NWC different from the HBC?
-owned and operated by ment who were themselves active in the buisness
-they were, for the most part, Scots and were bound by ties of nationality as well as close kinship through th eclan structure
-HBC directors and investors were primarily English noblemen and financiers who governed the company from afar. Their interest in the buisness was financial and their knowledge of the trade was second-hand at best
What was the key difference between the two companies?
the sea route to Hudson Bay was a huge advanage as they got to sail ships right in
How did the sea route benefit HBC? Explain the cycle
Benefit from a short buisness cycle.
Ships could leave England, travel to Hudson's Bay, offload good, pick up furs and return to England in the space of about 5 MONTHS.
A complete buisness cycle—from shipment of good to return of furs in payment for those goods—normally took about 14 MONTHS.
The NWC's cycle was much___and more___.
The NWC voyageurs had to cover___times the distance as HBC to reach Lake Winnipeg?
How long did canoe brigades leaving Montreal take to reach Fort William?
When did the previous year's furs (NWC) arrive?
When were the NWC furs auctioned in London?
April which was almost a full year later from start to finish
How long did peopel at the NWC have to wait to get paid?
almost a full year which was too long for many people
What upped the stakes considerable in 1811?
HBC sold 74 million acres in the Red River valley to majority shareholder Thomas Douglas, Lord Selkirk
What did Selkirk plan to do with the land?
Use the land to settle displaced Scottish highlanders, the first of who arrived in 1812. The settlement straddled the NWC route to the Northwest and encompassed a number of their important forts
Which group of people were well established in the Red River Valley?
they had a thriving local economy based on agriculture and the buffalo
What did the Metis sell to NWC for its canoe brigades?
Who did the Metis become natural allies with and why?
-the developing struggle with the HBC
When did the Battle of Seven Oaks take place?
Who did the armed confrontation of Seven Oaks take place between?
The Metis and the HBC
How many men died at the so-called Battle of SEven Oaks?
What did the massacre at Seven Oaks change?
the relationship between the two fur companies became a struggle for supremacy rather than a contest for commercial advantage
both companies lost sight of the trade
Why did the NWC and HBC join?
Realized that neither company could grow withthe fighting. Both grew wearing of the strain and spent all their effort competing with each other.
What was the value of the pooled assets of both companies?
£200 000 each
What are the Baymen and how did they impact the fur trade?
The Baymen were the employees of the HBC. They were usually indentured servants the HBC hired for fur. 7-9 years in exchange for necessities. Married Aboriginal women, had Metis children.
Who was Henry Kelsey?
-was born in England around 1667
-apprenticed to the HBC in early teens as a cabin boy on ships that carried supplies to Hudson's Bay
-spent the next 40 years working for the HBC
Why might Kelsey have joined the HBC?
he was an orphan, they probably offered him a chance of a better life
Historical records suggest that Kelsey helped other HBC employees learn First Nations languages. What does this tell us about Kelsey's view of the First Nations and their role in the fur trade?
-ahead of his time
-saw the First Nations as people
-saw their worth
-how important they were to the fur trade
-impacted the fur trade by making th eFirst Nations more apt to participate knowing the Europeans aren't all bad
What elements of the HBC's charter do you think had a significant role in shaping the years that followed? Why?
The elements of the HBC charter that I predict had a significant role in shaping the years that followed are the part about the land not being owne by the Christian state because they wanted those lands. Also the part where they mention the "sole" trade because I'm sure that them claiming the area, being the only ones allowed to trade, would leave room for competition and really piss of the First Nations and the other people who aren't a part of the HBC but still want to trade.
Why was the battle for the Bay so important? (1697).
The Grench won and got back the land that was previoiusly their. They were also lead by Pierre d'Iberville who was the first Canadian born officer to be presented with the cross of the order of Saint-Louis. The French were also outnumvered and still managed to capture York Factory.
In what ways did European rivalries, especially between Britain and France, have cosequences for the fur trade?
-Hard for First Nations (created conflict for them)
-Prices may go up and down when they shouldn't which could have a negative impact on the fur trade for the First Nations (not getting what they deserve)
-Rivalries among First Nations groups based on whether they were allied with the French or the British
-Could lead to war
What was the primary concern of the British in constructing the Plains of York and Prince fo Wales Forts?
I'm just guessing but I suspect that the primary concern would be if the water rose too high which would cause damage.