John Macdonell’s journal: part 5

John Macdonell’s journal: part 5

After five weeks traveling in 1793, John Macdonell and two others arrive at Michilimackinac, where they spend a companionable day or so. Then they hustle on to the rendezvous where important company decisions are being made. His journal continues, the fifth part in...
Where in the world did trade goods come from?

Where in the world did trade goods come from?

Imagine the array of specialty goods from 1800 — lace handkerchiefs, fragrant tea, violin strings, glass beads, printed calico, nutmegs, lacquered boxes, powdered vermilion, shiny knives and kettles — and feast your senses. Their uniqueness, their usefulness draws...
5 Surprise Facts About ‘Point’ Blankets

5 Surprise Facts About ‘Point’ Blankets

A “point” blanket (one with short lines of thread stitched into one side, called “points”) is what we now call a Hudson’s Bay blanket. But: Hudson’s Bay Company wasn’t the first to introduce the point blanket. Point blankets were commonly...
Ray Mears on brand-new birch bark canoes

Ray Mears on brand-new birch bark canoes

 is about the Hudson’s Bay Company’s role in Canada. Mears is an authority on the subject of bushcraft and survival.* He speaks with the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, which commissioned authentic birch bark canoes. Mears paddles a small one...

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