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.