Friday, September 24, 2021

An Old Rivalry

The French and the English had been rivals in Europe for centuries before taking it to the New World. While New France was established, the English would make colonies of their own and establish trade networks through large parts of North America in the meantime. In the end it would lead to war.

Some artifacts of the times are seen here.

The Hudson's Bay Company would be the largest of the trade networks of English North America, with a monopoly on trade in the massive watershed of the bay. Indigenous traders would bring furs to the company forts on the coast of the bay.

A sketch of one of those forts is seen here.

And these are contemporary items from the company, which still exists today as a chain of department stores generally referred to as the Bay.

To close things out today, in this display case, a wampum belt.


  1. Are they still rivals here in Europe? I have no idea. Never even knew they were.
    I know the English tried to pick on Germany labeling "our" goods "Made In Germany" as sign for poor quality.
    That one sure went wrong ;-)

  2. I would enjoy looking at the artifacts and reading about them. Happy weekend.

  3. Hello,
    Great exhibit, I enjoy seeing the artifacts.
    Take care, enjoy your day. Have a happy weekend!

  4. @Iris: by and large the Napoleonic Wars seemed to have finally settled things between them.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Nancy: I do enjoy seeing them.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Gemel: thanks.

  5. Ah yes! The Bay still exists in some form, but I am not sure how well those stores are doing.

  6. ...power and dominance have always been an important part of history.

  7. I recognize the name of Hudson Bay Company.

  8. They fought about everything at that time and we still fight about everything.

  9. I have to agree with Red's comment!!

  10. And they still continue to be rivals in some quarters.

  11. Very nice exhibition, some of the plates are modern again !

  12. @anvilcloud: well, unlike the old Eatons chain, still around.

    @Tom: pretty much.

    @Sharon: it's well established.

    @Red: unfortunately true.

    @Michelle: as do I.

    @David: in some ways.

    @Bill: I think so.

    @Gattina: or look more so.

    @Marie: they are a distinctive look.

  13. Nations can't seem to get along.

  14. Esas vajillas son mu bonitas y tienen buenos adornos.

  15. Those French and Indian wars became the American Revolution. I see we have very different names down here for the same wars!

    1. George Washington started the French and Indian War, in a manner of speaking.

  16. I've been to The Bay. I didn't realize it was that old.

  17. Great artifacts display ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. Ah, the famous Hudson Bay Company! A Canadian icon.