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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: Unknown
Location: Glenbow Archives
Copyright Holder: Glenbow Archives
  (210) Jean-Baptiste Lagimodiere and Marie-Anne Gaboury

Jean-Baptiste Lagimodiere (1778-1855) entered the fur trade as a voyageur around 1800, probably with the Northwest Company; he returned to Canada in 1805 and married Marie-Anne Gaboury the following year. The couple soon embarked for the west, where Jean-Baptiste hunted, trapped, farmed, and frequently acted as a messenger for the Hudson's Bay Company.

This drawing depicts an artist's impression of the couple meeting with some aboriginal people.

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Did You Know?
Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Anne settled in the Red River Settlement and farmed successfully there for many years. Their daughter, Julie, married one of their neighbours in 1844: Louis Riel Sr. Later that year, she gave birth to a son, Louis Jr, who would grow up to be a celebrated and controversial Metis leader.