Fur Trade Review Volume 21

Fur Trade Review Volume 21

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... are fine and the mounting good. Lake Superior Furs. At Grand Portage, on the north shore of Lake Superior, near the boundary at the mouth of Pigeon river, were formerly held the great trading councils of the old Northwest Trading Company, a corporation that defied the then all-powerful Hudson Bay Company, says the Duluth Herald. Thither in the fall of the year were gathered Indians, half-breed, Canadian voyageurs and the untamed white free trapper of the Northwest, and thither came the lords of the fur trade, from Montreal and sometimes Albany, to meet and treat with the denizens of the wilds. And they used to have high old hilarious times at these meetings. Rum, the pure unadulterated West Indian produce, was dispensed by the barrel, if tradition is to be believed, and the consumption of intoxicating liquors was the principal feature of the occasion of the first few days. After all hands and the cook had got over their spree, the grand council opened. At these meetings regular campaigns were planned. Brigades, so-called, of trappers were formed and to each brigade a boss known as the brigadier was appointed. He had whole and sole control of the party, and woe betide the servant of the company who incurred the ill-will of this autocrat. He had also to be a " good " man so that he could keep the "free " trappers in order, by the use of his fists if need be. To each brigadier was allotted a certain territory, denominated roughly as bounded by certain well recognized geographical features of the land, and well armed and provis. ioned the brigade started for its long and wearisome voyage, that in some cases lasted for a year or more. During this time the men lived like Indians and worked like slaves, and no one grudged...
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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965116
  • 9781236965110