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From 1600 to 1867
The fur trade helped shape Canada’s historical development by pushing exploration and expansion westward and northward.

When we look at the explorers and other groups associated with the fur trade during this period, we see its impact on our social, economic and political development: the interaction between First Nations and Europeans; the rivalry between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company; the rise of the Métis nation; and the settlement of the Red River colony.