Canada's History

An over­looked legacy

- The Hudson's Bay Company · David Thompson

I read your ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on the 350-year his­tory of the Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany (“An Epic Tale,” April-May 2020). I was dis­mayed, how­ever, that there was no men­tion of Peter Fi­dler and his Cree wife, Mary Mack­agonne. You do men­tion the fa­mous HBC ex­plorer David Thomp­son and his Cree wife, Char­lotte Small, who, like Mary, trav­elled thou­sands of kilo­me­tres with her hus­band while map­ping thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of ter­ri­tory. In­deed, it is ac­knowl­edged that David Thomp­son re­ceived much praise, as he should, while the Peter Fi­dler and Mary Mack­agonne story is of­ten over­looked.

Gord Sedgewick Saska­toon

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