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Term: Company of One Hundred.

Definition: the group of French investors in Quebec and Montreal who possessed from the King the sole legal right to buy and sell furs; they licensed this right to traders for a share of the expected profits, and unlicensed black-market traders who worked independently (see "coureurs de bois") could be jailed, fined and have their property confiscated when they returned from the wilderness.

[Source: Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Stories of the Badger State (N.Y.: American Book Co., 1900).]
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