Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins. The Nor'Westers; the fight for the fur trade.

Author:Hoyte, Carol-Ann
Position::Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Fifth House, dist. by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario L3R 4T8, Canada). 134p. illus. index. c2002.1-894004-973. $12.95. JS

Fur trading was a shaky business. With limited supplies, traders traveled by canoe and on foot through the perils of Canada's northwest to find furs for the markets in Europe. As the demand rose, traders had to forge deeper and deeper into the wilderness to find furs. But fur trading was literally a life of feast or famine. Some years would be fruitful while others would find men and their families facing the threat of starvation. In the face of these difficulties, a band of fur traders joined forces in 1779. The conglomeration, called the North West Company, was also known as the Nor'Westers. For the next 42 years, the company controlled the fur...

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