Métis During Competition
The fur trade eventually led to a free
trade economy and as a result the west became wide open. Aboriginals
understood that the competition was to their advantage. The trading
posts were very small against the spread of the plains. By the time the
first generation of plains Métis were employed in the trade, whether as
translators, guides, or apprentice clerks, they were well acquainted
with the territory and the Aboriginals were well acquainted with them.
Métis Cuthbert Grant, Jr and Pierre Falcon Jr were both included in the
list of NWC employees for that year. On the other hand, Peter Pangman Jr
(Bostonais) seemed to have chosen to avoid employment in the formal fur
trade. These sons of the fur trade, along with William Shaw and Robert
Bonhomme Montour, all first generation Métis with paternal ties to the
NWC, were central players in the Pemmican War, which was primarily about
the right to trade.
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