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Term: North West Company


Formed by British traders in Montreal in 1783, it employed 50 clerks and 1,100 voyageurs in 1798; controlled most of the Wisconsin fur trade until merging with the rival Hudson Bay Company in 1821.

View articles related to the fur trade at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986).]
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