Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Big Trouble at the Fort

English: Historic HBC buildings and cemetery i...
English: Historic HBC buildings and cemetery in Centennial Park, Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okey dokey. It's the middle of the 17th century.

France is involved in the 30 years war which continues to rage in Europe and not-so-jolly-old England is in the midst of a bloody civil war.
Meanwhile back at the ranch in North America things are progressing as if they can't hear the screams.


The French have become quite comfortable in their little love nest on the St. Lawrence and are now expanding south.
They reach the Mississippi about 1682 and claim it for France.

The rescals also venture north into territory claimed by the English king, (before his own people cut his head off).

And even though the Brits had kept it hidden for so long Radison and Grossliers found Hudson's Bay in 1661.

So it shouldn't be a surprise,
(although I would have been surprised to see armed French troops marching across the tundra),
to learn that in 1686 they caught the British by surprise at the Moose Factory Hudson's Bay Trading Post.

And that day, my friends, when the English surrendered, was when the shit hit the Canadian fan, our troubles started.

This is the 6th blog in my series, 'Canadian history as I see it'.

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