Almost immediately upon receiving its charter, the Hudson's Bay Company began to lay claim to its vast and rich empire. From the very outset, the whole business of the Company was to be business the fur trade not the dissemination of the British way of life, or the conversion of the native population to Christianity.
It built trading posts at the mouths of the Rupert, Albany and Moose Rivers, and established relationships with the local tribes. Highly structured trading rituals evolved. The trade items included knives, files, kettles, cloth and eventually the "Hudson's Bay blanket," which was frequently made into clothing its snowy color giving hunters the ability to stalk their winter prey undetected.
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