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Everyday Life in British North America

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Everyday Life in British North America: Life in The Fur Trade 1860’s The year was 1860 the price of furs is increasing and supplies are being declined. The animals are disappearing and there was fear of the extinction of the beavers and buffalos. Buffalo herds are now disappearing and beaver dams are no longer being seen anymore. What was happening to the animals and what is the cause of the extinction of these animals? Fur Trade is the answer for the extinctions. For years, historians and economists had assumed that it was nearly impossible of“resource depletion”. In other words, they thought that British North America was so rich with animals it was impossible for any kinds of extinctions to occur. As a result, they assumed wrong today there is fear of beaver and buffalo populations decreasing. Soon enough this resolution was solved in the 1870’s and 1880’s. The Hudson’s Bay Company also known as the oldest fur trade company in Canada had responded to this problem and abandoned fur trade in the Plains and Park Lands areas. Some trading still occurs there these days, but not as much as the company used to do. Red River is one place were fur trading has never been abandoned and is an area that is very important to many fur trading companies like HBC. Many sacrifices were made in the 1870’s and 1880’s, one of the hugest and saddest sacrifices were the job cuts. HBC was not only the oldest company in Canada but also a company with thousands of employees. Since HBC had abandoned fur trading in the Plains and Parkland, areas they did not need all the extra fur traders they had. For that
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reason, Hudson’s Bay Company had fired most of the fur traders that worked in the Plains and Parkland areas. It was not only the fur traders that were scarified by the Hudson’s Bay Company but also the people who worked in the HBC trading posts. Many people who worked at the trading posts for the Hudson’s Bay Company were also laid off. For example, the Hudson’s Bay Company also shut down the Rocky Mountain House trading Post. Many unemployed fur traders were on the street in the 1870’s and 1880’s. However, not all hope for the fur traders to get another job was gone. Soon
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