North West Co

NORTH WEST COMPANY (NWC) was a trading company in Montreal that pioneered the land-based FUR TRADE in BC. The first Nor'wester to arrive west of the ROCKY MTS was Alexander MACKENZIE, who made the first transcontinental crossing to the Pacific in 1793. Afterwards he developed plans to exploit the commercial possibilities of the Northwest Coast. NWC followed up on these plans in 1805 by sending Simon FRASER across the Rockies into the area he christened NEW CALEDONIA, now north-central BC....

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