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Book Review: Superior Rendezvous Place

 

The city of Thunder Bay, in northern Ontario near the far western end of Lake Superior, is a curious city when one looks into it. As cities go, the entity is quite young, having only been formed in 1969. But it was formed by the merger of 3 smaller cities, one of which bore the name of Fort William, and Fort William itself had, for a brief moment in time, a crucial role in the settlements of both the Canadian and American interiors. As its name implies, it was initially an actual Fort – a fortified settlement, but not a military one. Fort William was a trading and commercial hub, a deliberate outpost of the same sort of ventures that gained India for Britain. Fort William was the key interior post of the Northwest Company. As with its more famous British contemporaries, the Hudson Bay Company and the East India Company, the NWC’s pursuit of trade in effect claimed much of what today is western Canada. Moreover, much of early American trade either crossed through, or crossed swords with the traders of the NWC. Superior Rendezvous-Place: Fort William in the Canadian Fur Trade, by Jean Morrison, is an approachable history of this settlement, and its significant, if rather brief time as a vital hub of early Canada.

These are 10 man canoes – still much smaller than the big trading canoes.

Superior Rendezvous-Place begins with background history on the discoveries of the interior of North America, French and British explorations, and early commercial networks for shipping manufactured goods in, to barter with the natives in exchange for furs (chiefly beaver), and to then packaged and ship the furs back out to ports, thence to Europe. In the absence of roads, the many lakes and rivers of the Canadian interior were mapped and surveyed for the purpose of the portage – trade routes navigated by crews in massive birch-bark canoes. The French developed their network across what is today lower Canada and Michigan, across the Great Lakes, and from there even further into the interior. The British, by way of the Hudson Bay Company, entered the interior from Hudson Bay. In the 7 Years War (the French and Indian War), France lost Canada, and the Scottish Clan McTavish, eager businessmen, saw an opportunity to replace the old French network with one of their own.

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Two long suffering franchises will meet in this year’s World Series. The Cleveland Indians, who last won the Series in 1948 will face the Chicago Cubs who last won the World Series in 1908 and last appeared in the World Series way back in 1945, Below is a quick sketch of each team.   Preview […]

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After our treks to the mountain carvings we planned to spend the next day making short trips. It did not work out. Early that morning I received a call from work with some irritating news. I ended up spending the entire day at the camp fighting the dodgy wifi and the sporadic cell service, just […]

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It was our 7th day out as dawn broke on the westernmost camp we would make on this trip. Rapid City may be South Dakota’s 2nd largest city, but with under 80,000 people it seems hardly to qualify as a city by the standards of anything east of the Mississippi. Yet it showed something I […]

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[Coulter]’s from Connecticut, & she’s very upset about immigrants. I’m willing to lend a sympathetic ear to people from Connecticut when it comes to immigrants — if they happen to own a tribal casino! My feeling is, unless you’re Native American, you should just shut up about this. ‘Cause you ain’t from here. That’s the […]

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