The dawn is breaking and the currant is forceful. Onward, onward the paddle pushes through the water. The morning echoes with the wakening of new life, a new day, a song from the forest, joy!
The rugged life of the everyday entrepreneur. Constant travel, constant hardship, work all day, work most of the night. On and on through the vast river system, through the lakes and to the fur trading posts, with canoes laden with goods for trade. Freedoms sings it’s song in the mind, wealth creeps into view. The tantalizing call of riches. The wealth of the nation is in trade. The doors opened to the adventurer. To those so hearty that they could travel great distances with focus and determination.
To this end the change became the hired employee. The race to conquer the nation, to fill the shelves with fur product, to make a fortune from the wealth of the land, attracted business entrepreneurs whose goal was to have it all. From a life of individual trade for profit to a life of the licenced, employed trader. The business of trade boomed throughout the country. Still the life of the voyageur was virtually the same as his predesessor. Now, the trade was for a merchant, previously, it had been trade for themselves.
The rivers filled with hearty, strong, determined men, venturing on a highway of water. The canoes travelling thousands of kilometers, the negotiation for trade. It filled our lives, our dreams, our destinies. The world of trade. The world of fur.
For 350 years the Canadians ventured throughout the land in search of trading partners to expand their wealth. Trading with the native peoples, then setting up traplines of their own. The fur trade started in the 1500’s and ended in the 1870’s.
Negotiate. The peaceful venture of business enterprise was the most fashionable and luxurious calling of all. Profits on both sides, wealth and adventure. The call of the wild was a call to prosperity. Heed the call, almighty man.
The birch bark canoe, the voyageur canoe, the life of the land. The peaceful settling of a nation built on trade. A nation built from the strength of human enterprise more valuable that any adversary or foe.
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written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 20, 2013