The Capture of Fort William

The Capture of Fort William (HM20L1)

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C Thunder Bay District
Country: Canada
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N 48° 23.165', W 89° 14.785'

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In 1812, the Earl of Selkirk settled dispossessed Scottish highlanders on Red River valley lands granted by the Hudson's Bay Company. The HBC's rival in the fur trade, the North West Company, feared the new colony would block its trade and supplies. Clashes between traders and colonists culminated with the killing of twenty settlers in the Massacre of Seven Oaks on June 19, 1816. News of Seven Oaks reached Selkirk as he was travelling westward with Swiss mercenaries hired to defend the colony. On August 13, he seized Fort William, the Nor'Westers' inland headquarters, and arrested several senior partners. A bitter court battle ensued. The incident contributed to the British government's decision to pressure the two fur trade companies to merge in 1821.
HM NumberHM20L1
Placed ByOntario Heritage Foundation
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Date Added Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16U E 333686 N 5361651
Decimal Degrees48.38608333, -89.24641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 23.165', W 89° 14.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 23' 9.8999999999999" N, 89° 14' 47.1" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 520 Leith St, Thunder Bay Ontario P7C, CA
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