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Fur Trading at Saugeen

Fur Trading at Saugeen

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Town of Saugeen Shores
In Southampton, in a small park at the south side
of the mouth of the Saugeen River


Coordinates: N 44 30.011 W 81 22.435

Map

Plaque Text

The Anishnabe lived by the mouth of the Saugeen River before Pierre Piché arrived in 1818 to begin fur trading in the region. By 1826, the Hudson's Bay Company established an outpost at Saguingue to compete with independent fur traders like Piché. From La Cloche, its main post on Lake Huron, the Hudson's Bay Company employed First Nations, Métis, French, and British fur traders who largely depended on Anishnabe hunters to supply deer, bear and marten skins. By 1832, the supply of premium furs was exhausted and the company closed its post. Although many Anishnabe gave up hunting and settled in an agricultural village, fur trading continued here until the mid-19th century when Southampton was founded.

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