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Alberta's Francophone Heritage
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Francophone Edukit

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The Fur Trade Era

New France, Fur
Trade and Exploration

The French Fur Trade

The Hudson's Bay Company


La Vérendrye and Western Exploration

The Métis

Events Abroad


Voyageurs relax around a campfire after a hard day.

While many European explorers were searching for a route to the Orient and its fabled riches of spices and luxury goods, the furs of North America became a source of riches as well.

The exploration and fur trade from New France and the British colony of Lower Canada contributed to the spread of French culture across the continent. In this section, this phenomenon is examined in a large sense and ultimately narrowed down to the Métis, the descendants of the men who plied the fur trade into the Northwest and what is now Alberta.



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