Why were the Nor’westers’ tents in neat rows at the rendezvous?

Why were the Nor’westers’ tents in neat rows at the rendezvous while the Montrealers were a jumbled mess? (Bruce) The historic interpreters at Grand Portage National Monument told us that only the Northmen rated tents — a concession to the long distance they traveled. The North West Company set the tents up, so they’d be very efficient and line them all up. Because the pork-eaters from Montreal didn’t get tents, they flipped over their canoes for shelter from the rain. Their camps were set on opposite sides outside the post. Native Americans camped in a nearby location. At Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, the voyageur saga continues a dozen or more years later. The North West Company offered tents to both voyageur groups....
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Do voyageurs still gather for a rendezvous?

Do voyageurs still gather for a rendezvous? Where could my family go to see one? (Gabi, 14) You can visit a rendezvous with costumed historical interpreters of Native Americans, voyageurs, traders and lots of fun activities to show how things were done. Here are some: Forts Folle Avoine, near Danbury, Wisconsin                    4th weekend in July White Oak Fur Post, near Deer River, Minnesota         1st weekend in August Grand Portage, in Grand Portage, Minnesota                 2nd weekend in August North West Company Fur Post, near Pine City, Minnesota 3rd weekend in September What a great opportunity to see and feel what it was really like!...
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