The Story of the Canadian Fur Trade
The Advantages came with Consequenses
The Fur Trade's Northwest Consequences
In some areas, the animals which of course was what the fur trade was built on, were nearly hunted to extinction, forcing new areas to be explored for furs. The animals which were hunted for furs were also a food source for the fur traders, many of them began to rely on First Nations women for food and for repairing the canoes which would transport them to new areas for furs. Europeans also began to marry First Nations women for one of the reasons being their knowledge of the areas where furs were found, which eventually created new people, the Metis.
The HBC's massive land area,
The land surrounding rivers that drained from Hudson's Bay was considered HBC land.
The Modern HBC logo
After merging with the NWC, the HBC has managed to survive even up to today, although they no longer sell furs.
The HBC used York Boat's for transportation, which more muc more rugged and stable than NWC canoes, but they were much heavier and harder to portage (carry across land)