Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10
- Grade: 5
The early history of the Hudson's Bay Company comes alive in these true tales of fur-trade wars, incredible wilderness journeys, hardships and danger. Founded by the extraordinary adventurers and renegades Radisson and des Groseilliers, the HBC attracted many memorable characters. Explorer Henry Kelsey was the first European to see the buffalo herds. James Knight met a mysterious fate on a frozen northern island. Brave Isabel Gunn worked in the fur trade disguised as a man. Anyone who enjoys historical adventure will relish these exciting stories of Canada's oldest company.
About the author
Elle Andra-Warner is a bestselling author, journalist, and photographer. Her award-winning articles appear regularly in major publications, and her newspaper columns have been in print since 1994. She has given journalism workshops throughout Canada, is an online guest lecturer in journalism for the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the co-editor of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s annual journal. Estonian by heritage, Elle was born in a post–Second World War United Nations displaced persons camp for Estonians in Eckernforde, West Germany.
p class=review_text>“Well researched. . . interesting stories and tidbits of information” —BC Books for BC Schools
Hudson’s Bay Company Adventures: Tales of Canada’s Fur TradersIn this Amazing Stories series title Andra-Warner describes the European craze for the felt hats that drove the market for North American beaver pelts. The book then focuses on the Hudson’s Bay Company history beginning with its inception as the Hudson Bay Project in 1668 and ending in 1870, when it relinquished its land and rights of monopoly to the Dominion of Canada. Well researched though somewhat dry overall the interesting stories and tidbits of information that will add interest to the typical textbook presentation of this time period. The sequencing of information is at times confusing.
Caution: Includes some graphic violence, death and the practice of taking Cree women as “bed fellows”.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.
Other titles by Elle Andra-Warner
Lighthouses of Lake Superior's North Shore
The Historic Beacons of Minnesota, Isle Royale and Ontario
The True Adventures of Yukon’s Favourite Bard
The Red Coats' First True Leader
A Life of Adventure and Discovery
Tales of Adventure and Danger from the Early Days
Native Chiefs of Ontario
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
The Legendary Great Lakes Disaster
The Mounties (JR)
Tales of Adventure and Danger From the Early Days
Hudson's Bay Company Adventures (JR)
Tales of Canada's Early Fur Traders