The beaver, pictured on Canada’s first postage stamp, is an iconic Canadian symbol. Beavers have a historical place in the settling of Canada.
The fur trade was an economic enterprise across the wilderness of North America’s northern forests for 250 years from the early 17th century. Dominated by the trapping of beavers for the European demand for felt hats, the fur trade opened the land to exploration, settlement, missionary enterprises and was formative in the creation of Canada as we know it today.
A quick animated video to help students understand the development of the fur trade in Canada.
From it’s beginnings as the largest land owner in North America, to it’s role in the French and Indian War, this is a brief history of the Hudson’s Bay Company.