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Moose Factory Buildings

Moose Factory Buildings

Photos by contributor Sheila Wang - Posted August, 2017

Moose Factory Buildings

Plaque Location

The District of Cochrane
The Town of Moosonee
In Moose Factory at the Hudson Bay Company museum
on Front Street near Bay Street

Coordinates: N 51 15.143 W 80 36.384


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Plaque Text

Founded in 1673 on traditional Môsonîw Ililiw (Cree) lands, Moose Factory is the second oldest Hudson's Bay Company post. In the early 19th century, it became the Company's Southern Department headquarters. After 1821, it supplied posts inland as far as Lake Timiskaming on the Ottawa River watershed. By the 1870s, it had shipbuilders, a printing press, a bishop, and a growing multicultural population. With the fur trade's decline, Moose Factory transitioned from company town to permanent settlement for the Ililiw, on whose expertise and hospitality it had long depended.

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