a Trading Post
In this lesson, you will have the chance to choose the site of fur
trading posts. You will then be able to select suitable sites on
a map, justify your choices, and produce an artistic representation
of the post. Much information, including maps, is available from
the Early Canadiana Online Exploration, the Fur Trade and the
Hudson's Bay Company site.
Using the criteria discussed as a class, and the map of Canada below,
decide where you would build 5 trading posts. Make a list of pros
and cons for each site.
Click on the map above to enlarge
This map is
also available on the Natural Resources Canada National Atlas of
Canada site, on the Quick Maps page.
You are invited to create an artistic representation of what your
trading post would look like. The creation should reflect the geography
and climate of the location, and other factors previously discussed
in large group work. Your final presentation to the class should
- A name for
- A list of
the advantages and disadvantages of the location
- A list of
stores, equipment and trading supplies that would be in the post.
(You will be able to obtain this information from the Exploration,
the Fur Trade and Hudson's Bay Company site, and may choose
You are encouraged
to present the information in a manner that evokes the spirit of
the period (i.e. weather paper using tea bags, weather edges, use