Beaver hats are the height of fashion for men and women of wealth and power.
Henry Hudson searches for the Northwest Passage.
The Hudson’s Bay Company, the world’s oldest continuously operating trading company, is born with the signing of the Royal Charter on May 2nd.
From 1673 to 1684, HBC builds trading posts as the Company expands along the Hudson and James Bay routes.
HBC’s share of the fur trade continues to decline due to competition from Montreal “pedlars.”
Fur traders in Montreal form the North West Company and are referred to as Nor`Westers.
Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company merge. George Simpson implements a plan for reorganizing HBC.
HBC produces its first mail order catalogue and opens its first retail store.
HBC ships supply allies during World War I.
As in the previous world war, HBC ships supply the allies. The ship carried cryolite that is used in refining aluminium for manufacturing goods to support the war effort.