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Lachine in Montréal (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region

The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine

La Compagnie de la Baie d’ Hudson à Lachine

The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
1. The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine Marker
Captions (English / French); (top right) In 1833, George Simpson, then Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, built his residence on the present site of the chapel of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne. / En 1833, George Simpson, alors gouverneur de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson, fit construire sa résidence sur l’emplacement actuel de la chapelle des Soeurs de Sainte-Anne.; (bottom right) Lachine was the starting point for George Simpson’s trading post inspection tours. / C’est de Lachine que partait George Simpson lorsqu’il entreprenait sa tournée d’inspection des postes de traite. 1255 Boulevard Saint Joseph
Inscription. English:
In 1826, five years after the merger with its great Montréal rival, the North West Company, the Hudson’s Bay Company set up its headquarters in Lachine.

Activities connected with the fur trade, however, would never again reach the same dimensions as in the days of the North West Company.

“This point in earlier times had been a very important station of the North West Company… Hence larger fleets of canoes were despatched (sic) every Spring on their way to the head of Lake Superior, the point of rendez-vous where the magnates of the interior annually assembled… But at the period of which I write, much of the glory of Lachine had departed.” - Alexander Caulfield Anderson Stationed at Lachine in 1831.

En 1826, cinq ans après la fusion avec sa grande rivale montréalaise, la Compagnie du Nord-Ouest, la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson installe ses quartiers généraux à Lachine.

Cependant, les activités liées au commerce de la fourrure n’auront plus jamais autant d’ampleur que sous le règne de la Compagnie du Nord-Ouest.

«La Compagnie du Nord-Ouest avait déjà eu en poste très important à Lachine (…). Chaque printemps de nombreux canots quittaient la ville en direction du lieu de rendez-vous de «bourgeois» de l’intérieur, au nord du lac Supérieur
The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
2. The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine Marker
The marker is to the left of the monument.
(…). À l’époque qui nous intéresse, Lachine avait toutefois perdu beaucoup du son animation. - Alexander Caulfield Anderson en poste à Lachine en 1831.
Erected by Parks Canada / Parcs Canada.
Location. 45° 25.905′ N, 73° 40.525′ W. Marker is in Lachine, Quebec, in Montréal (region). Marker is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph just from 12 Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1255 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, Quebec H8S 2M2, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lachine Massacre (here, next to this marker); Lachine: Gateway to the Northwest (here, next to this marker); Frances Anne Hopkins (a few steps from this marker); Robert Cavelier de la Salle (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Lachine Canal (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); A Wonderful New Addition (approx. half a kilometer away); An Upstream Battle (approx. half a kilometer away); Full Steam Ahead (approx. half a kilometer away). Click for a list of all markers in Lachine.
More about this marker. This monument is opposite the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site building, near the footbridge, Prom Pète Marquette.
Also see . . .  Our History - Hudson Bay Company. Two centuries before Confederation a pair of resourceful Frenchmen named Radisson and des Groseilliers discovered a wealth of fur in the interior of the continent – north and west of the Great Lakes – accessible via the great inland sea that is Hudson Bay. Despite their success French and American interests would not back them. It took the vision and connections of Prince Rupert, cousin of King Charles II, to acquire the Royal Charter which, in May, 1670 granted the lands of the Hudson Bay watershed to “the Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson Bay.” (Submitted on April 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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