Canada’s Old­est Pro­fes­sion

The fur trade — then and now

The Walrus - - FEATURES - Pho­tog­ra­phy by tyler an­der­son text by Con­rad black

The french are not in the habit of em­i­grat­ing. Though it was a French­man, Jac­ques Cartier, who be­came the first Euro­pean to chart the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the 1530s, very few of his coun­try­men trav­elled west across the At­lantic in the years that fol­lowed. Things changed a half-cen­tury later with Henry IV, an ally of Queen El­iz­a­beth I. Henry be­lieved that the pres­tige, sci­en­tific am­bi­tion, and na­tional in­ter­est of France (then one of the world’s great na­tion-states) re­quired that the French sail the high seas and stake out ter­ri­to­ries across the ocean. It was a game of catch-up: the Span­ish al­ready had be­gun this project and were bring­ing back rich car­goes of gold and sil­ver from the pil­laged em­pires of the In­cas, Aztecs, and Mayans in what is now Latin Amer­ica.

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