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The Last Gentleman Adventurer

by Edward Beauclerk Maurice

The Last Gentleman Adventurer
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    Nov 2005, 416 pages
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    Nov 2006, 416 pages

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A Short History of The Hudson Bay Company
Edward Beauclerk Maurice left the Hudson's Bay Company in 1939 to serve in the New Zealand navy during World War II; after which he became a bookseller in an English village and rarely traveled again. He died in 2003, as his book was being readied for publication.

The Hudson's Bay Company is still very much in existence, but with 500 retail outlets spread across Canada this department store retailer has come a long way from its beginnings in 1670 when King Charles II of Britain granted the lands of the Hudson Bay watershed to "the Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson Bay".

During its first century of operation the Hudson's Bay Company established outposts around the shores of James and Hudson Bays, where natives brought furs to barter for manufactured goods such as knives, kettles, beads, needles and blankets. However, by the late 1700s competition was hotting up and they were forced to ...

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