Company of Adventurers: 2the Story of the Hudson's Bay Company,

Company of Adventurers the Story of the Hudson s Bay Company Shaping the destiny of Canada the merchant founders of the Hudson s Bay Company tamed the wilderness as they built the world s largest private commerical empire A brilliant story chronicling the unsu

  • Title: Company of Adventurers: 2the Story of the Hudson's Bay Company,
  • Author: Peter C. Newman
  • ISBN: 9780670803798
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shaping the destiny of Canada, the merchant founders of the Hudson s Bay Company tamed the wilderness as they built the world s largest private commerical empire A brilliant story chronicling the unsung heroes of North American history.

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    1. In many ways it is amazing that the Hudson's Bay Company survived. This book covers the HBC from its rather inauspicious beginnings in the mid 17th century to the threshold of modern times in the mid 19th century. It is difficult to imagine a more inhospitable geography, where trees were stunted if they grew at all, where brandy left in open air would turn to slush in 2 minutes and freeze solid in 5. Perhaps in a way that was a good thing, because for the most part the indigenous Indians helped [...]

    2. I was lent this series by a neighbour, and though it took me a while to make my way through them, it was not for lack of interest, but for amount of information. I liked the first of the series the best, as it was the most interesting in terms of adventure, and how much of Canada's wilderness was mapped by the men who traded and worked for the Company, whose offices were all the way back in London. The historical aspect of the book took me in, the figures that I knew from history were brought to [...]

    3. Great read on Canadian history. There is a lot of information contained within the covers of this book and the series. This was one of my favourite books and warranted a re-read. The Hudson's Bay Company - our history is intertwined with the charter of this company and the people who were under its charge. Good read. :-)

    4. One of the best history books I have ever read. Not only did I learn a few things, but I enjoyed the style of writing for both its words and its content. I definitely think this is a book every Canadian should read.

    5. The best of the series. The title appropriately describes the book. It is a swash-buckling tale that is essential reading for all Canadians. This is absolutely fantastic stuff.

    6. The first in a two-part series comprehensive review of the history of exploration and the start of the fur trade in Canada. Well written, I appreciated the unbiased approach to what really went on with regard to the first interactions between the HBC's fur trade employees and the Indigenous people already on the land. Also covered the first 300 years of explorers mapping the North, and how it was all tied to the interests of the Hudson's Bay Company.

    7. Interesting, but too much of the same interesting stuff becomes tedious. It's interesting to hear of how the Hudson's Bay Company was built and worked, but the employees' lives in northern Canada were pretty much only selling pelts and staying warm. I got the idea very well -- after about 1/2 of the book.

    8. Good book, but I found the author to go into way too much detail about the royal Brits. Also, the economic stuff is unclear, and a better explanation is needed. Also very little detail about different voyages compared to other books covering similar timelines. Despite these, it’s an enjoyable read.

    9. Very detailed historical account of the beginnings of the Hudson Bay Company. Easy read, now I have to find the sequels so I can finish the story.

    10. I feel like this country owes a huge debt to Peter C. Newman for writing this book. I can't imagine the hours (and hours and hours and hours) of research he (and his team?) put into this, evidenced by the 15 pages of bibliography, and the nine appendixes. (What book has NINE?)It's interesting content, vibrant and humorous at times, bringing the incredible job of founding a nation to life, on the backs of Orkneymen and a strange, semi-aquatic rodent. I most enjoyed the last two chapters, about Sa [...]

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