How The Fur Trade Changed Western Part Of Canadian History

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For about two hundred years, fur trade has been the core force in shaping western part of Canadian history since the establishment of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670. For almost all the time, women and non-whites were usually dismissed in Canadian historical records due to the idea of patriarchy and racialization. Sometimes because their works were mostly unpaid, their contributions were easily ignored. Most of scholars have considered that the fur trade was a male-dominated activity. Therefore, although Aboriginal and Metis women played a role as instrumental as men in the fur trade between Europeans and First Nations, their functions have often been ignored. However, it must be admitted that the fur trade success cannot be accomplished without the participation of Native and Metis females. Firstly, intermarriages which also can be called a la facon du pays between First Nation women and males who were French Canadians, British, American and Indian employees of the fur trade companies was crucial in the fur trade. The traders from various trade companies usually stayed with Aboriginal ladies for a long time in a “visiting” and “guiding” relationship at the beginning of the fur trade. Since there were only very limited number of white ladies in the colonies, the male European traders started to marry with Indian girls because these men needed women for both sexual and spiritual requirements. However, their marriages served to bring huge profits for everyone,

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