Manitoba and North West Territories

Manitoba and North West Territories

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...I am informed, is good, but totally denuded of timber, excepting a little skirting the Souris river. Some ten miles from the Hudson Bay Fort at the east end of a lovely lake, we noticed the Roman Catholic mission and a few half-breed settlers, who have brought several acres under cultivation. The crops were good, more particularly the roots, which were excellent. The Qu'Appelle river flows sluggishly out of the west into the eastern lake, passing close to the Hudson Bay Fort. The Fort is surrounded by a stockade, and within the enclosure are the oflicers' residences and several good store houses. Across the river are the barracks of the Mounted Police. Only five members ofthat body were stationed at Qu'Appelle, under command of Capt. Grisbach. At the south end of the valley, Dr. Schultz, M.P., and Dr. Bain have erected one of their trading posts. The whole flats between these points are dotted with Indian camps----over 500 in number. We also saw numerous tents and stalls erected by transient traders. The natives are passionately fond of trinkets, such as brass rings, pipes, beads of various colours, ribbons and rich coloured blankets, and should they take a fancy to an article, no matter how useless, they will purchase it at a great sacrifice of furs. They would barter severa bufi'alo robes for a horse bridle mounted with tin or for a curious headed pipe worth a quarter. The older members of the bands are not so easily caught; they have lost confidence in the transient traders, and prefer dealing with the North-West company or in Hudson Bay stores, and should the Indians be unsuccessful in their hunting excursions and require supplies ofcredit, they have no other alternative, but to apply to those companies for...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684923X
  • 9781236849236