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Rupert's Land

We are not talking about your neighbour’s front yard here! Rupert’s Land was the name given to the territory made up of northern Quebec and Ontario, Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, southern Alberta, and parts of the North West Territory and Nunavut. Charles II of England gave this huge piece of land to the Hudson Bay Company in 1670. Named in honour of Prince Rupert, the King’s cousin and the Hudson Bay Company’s first governor, the company was given complete control of the territory. By 1870, the Hudson Bay Company had built 100 fur trade posts in the territory but, in 1869, the Canadian government bought Rupert’s Land from the Company.