enters the Blackfoot Camp, 1754
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From the HBC Corporate Collection
Henday was born in England and joined HBC in 1750. In 1754,
he left York Fort to try to contact First Nations peoples far
from Hudson Bay. He hope to convince them to bring their furs
to the bay instead of trading them with the French.
traveled as far west as what is now Alberta and realized that
the French knew how to speak and trade with the First Nations
peoples better than HBC did. He also noticed that the Cree
would not let other First Nations bring their furs to HBC
forts at Hudson Bay. This helped change the way HBC did
business: Soon after, they began to send traders into the wilderness
instead of waiting for the furs to come to the forts.