Friday, September 07, 2007

Lessons From The New World ...

Rock Billboard, Kimmirut

When you arrive in Lake Harbor, Kimmirut, this is what you see posted on a cliff above the village. HBC stands for Hudson Bay Company and has been in business in Kimmirut since 1911.

Harvested to supply warm and comfortable hats and clothing, beaver were dying out in Europe by the year 1600.
In 1610 Henry Hudson and his son discovered what is now known as Hudson Bay. In 1670 the Hudson Bay Company was formed to supply Britain and all of Europe with the best quality furs this new world could supply. The company is still in operation today as a department store supplying all of Canada with goods from around the world. To the locals in Arctic Canada the company, HBC, is known as "Here Before Christ."

Go to an article in the September/October issue of Orion Magazine, for an interesting read by Gina Cassidy, Lessons From The New World, about "takers" and "leavers" and how they fared in populating North America.


Becca said...

I suppose even explorers needed to shop in some form, didn't they :)
Is this the great-granddaddy of the store in Canada called "The Bay?"

jzr said...

Yes, The Bay is grandchild of the Hudson Bay company and a very popular place indeed!