LOAD SELKIRK. ber of families in Upper Can-
(Prom a statue by Chantrey.) ada, near where Chatham now
stands ; but the land was swampy, and the colony did not flourish.
The Red Selkirk had not given tip hope, however, of
River planting a colony on the Red River, and in
Colony. 1811 he obtained a large tract of land from the Hudson's Bay Company, of which he was a member. But the rival fur-traders of the North-West Company declared that the English company had no right to this land, and a bitter quarrel broke out between them. No doubt both were in fault, but the Nor'westers, as they were often called, used Selkirk's unfortunate colonists most cruelly.,
First Late in 1811 a party of ninety Scotch and
Colonists. Irish settlers, under the command of a young man named Miles Macdonell, sailed into Hudson Bay. They spent the winter at a trading-post on its