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The fur trade influenced the historical development of Canada in a number of ways including: the development and expansion into western and northern Canada; the significance of Canadian place names; the origin and rise of the Métis Nation; the impact of interaction between the First Peoples and the Europeans-and these connections can be found in personal and commercial stories about the people and events of the fur trade.

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Creator: Energy, Mines and Resources Canada
Year made: 1974
Location: Natural Resources Canada - The Atlas of Canada
Copyright Holder: Original map data provided by The Atlas of Canada (4th Ed, p.87-88). Produced under licence from Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, with permission of Natural Resources Canada.
  246. Development of Northern Settlements

This map shows the chronology of selected facilities in settlements north of the 60th parallel. Selected facilities denoted include trading posts, missions, RCMP posts, post offices, weather stations and Distant Early Warning stations. Time periods in which the facilities were established as well as the operational status of these facilities as of 1965 is indicated.

(c) Text courtesy of Natural Resources Canada.

The legend is found on Image 3.

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Read more about trading posts - enter 'posts' or 'mail' in the search box to your left.

Check the Beaver Index - e.g., 'posts, Arctic' 'DEW,' 'missions,' 'RCMP,' 'weather,' and 'mail' etc.

Visit the Atlas of Canada online to see this map in its entirety with zoom in/out features.

Did You Know?
In 1954, an Inuit who was noted for his unerring sense of direction, was hired as a guide for the military. On his first trip, using no landmarks or compass, he led a group of construction workers 200 kilometres across barren, treeless tundra with his dogteam.

They reached their destination in two days. Later, a crew checking his trail by airplane found that at no time had he deviated more than four degrees off a straight course.

Loosely excerpted from The DEW Line, by Michael Stephenson, published in The Beaver, Winter 1983.