Today in History

On May 2, 1670, Charles II of England provided the Hudson Bay Company with a charter permitting them to conduct fur trading with merchants of London and the rights to a great amount of territory around Hudson Bay (in modern day Canada). The company consisted of French explorers and became a very successful operation. Even when the company lost it's fur trading monopoly in 1867 due to Canada's dominion status, it continued to remain to be one of the country's biggest corporations into the 1920s.[1]


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[1] "King Charles II grants charter to Hudson Bay Company," History.com editors, History (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hudsons-bay-company-chartered : accessed 2 May 2021), para. 3.

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