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Empire of the Bay: An Illustrated History of the Hudson's Bay Company

Newman, Peter C.

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ISBN 10: 0670829692 / ISBN 13: 9780670829699
Published by Viking Adult, Markham, Ont. ; New York, N.Y., USA, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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224 pages, with photographs and illustrations, large color map laid in. Minor dust jacket edge wear and fade, light foxing on top edge, otherwise, very clean and tight. Record # 457265. Bookseller Inventory # 457265

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Title: Empire of the Bay: An Illustrated History of...

Publisher: Viking Adult, Markham, Ont. ; New York, N.Y., USA

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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A history of the world's most famous trading company based on Peter Newman's history. In 1838 Sir George Simpson, the governor of the HBC, was toasted at a dinner as the "Head of the most extended dominion in the known world - the Emperor of Russia, the Queen of England and the President of the United States excepted". It was an astonishing but appropriate tribute to a commercial enterprise of unique scope and character, with trading houses that once stretched from the Arctic Ocean to Hawaii. Yet the history of the HBC is less the story of a company than of a people - its self-proclaimed gentlemen-adventurers mapped a continent and built a nation. The exciting story of the company and the people is told in this book.

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This fact-packed volume chronicles the colorful 319-year history of the Hudson's Bay Company whose mercantile empire at one time extended from the Arctic Sea to Hawaii. With verve and seeming omniscience, Newman ( Company of Adventurers ) tells outsize tales of the remarkable characters who manned the lonely outposts, Montreal mansions and London boardrooms of the HBC. He writes of the adventurers who explored the wilderness for the company; the internecine wars of fur traders; the establishment of forts and settlements; the parliamentary squabbles and backroom deals manipulated by HBC to retain its monopoly; and the present-day department-store chain, The Bay. Historical illustrations and National Geographic photographer Fleming's documentary shots decorate this sprawling, exciting, illuminating story.
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