Thunder Bay in Thunder Bay County, Ontario — Central Canada
Union of the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies
In the late eighteenth century, most of the fur traders using the Ottawa River-Great Lakes canoe route into the interior of North America belonged to the North West Company, which used Fort William as its inland headquarters. to the north, the rival Hudson's Bay Company exported furs by ship from its sub-Arctic posts. By 1810 both companies were expanding their operations inland into the fur-rich Athabaska area. Their intensifying competition provoked violent clashes between contending traders. Disturbed by the bloodshed and the disruption of trade, the British government insisted that the two companies settle their differences. In 1821 they merged into a jointly owned monopoly which adopted the name and northern trade routes of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Minitry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.
Location. 48° 20.844′ N, 89° 21.272′ W. Marker is in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Thunder Bay County. Marker is on King Road 1.2 kilometers south of Broadway Avenue. Click for map. Marker is near the Fort William Historical Park Visitors' Centre. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7K 1L7, Canada.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 10 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016.
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