Finding Friday – The Seven Oaks Massacre

28 Dec

What a great post and a great read! – tkmorin

Mary M. Forbes - Author

A little History of the Canadian WestThomas Douglas 5th Earl of Selkirk

Thomas Douglas – 5th Earl of Selkirk – purchased land from the Hudson’s Bay Company near present day Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He intended setting up an agricultural settlement using Scottish farmers suppressed by England in Scotland.  The Colony was called ‘Red River of the North’ Settlement. The settlement was not very successful.  In 1812 they built Fort Douglas.  1814 – the Governor, Miles McDonnell issued the ‘Pemmican Proclamation’ – prohibiting the export of food out of a starving settlement.  His orders were backed by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), but not by the North West Company (NWC) – comprised of mainly Metis and French.

The HBC seized a shipment of pemmican from the NWC who intended to sell the meat outside the settlement.

The NWC (mainly Metis) met the HBC men south of Fort Douglas, known as Seven Oaks by the English (and Frog…

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