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THE GREAT WEST AND LORD SELKIRK'S SETTLEMENTS. I95

 

Selkirk's   When Selkirk heard of this disaster he was

Visit. on the way to visit his colony. Having with him a large body of canoe-men and disbanded soldiers, to whom he had promised grants of land, he went at once to Fort William, an important post of the North-West Company on Lake Superior, and seizing several leading officials, sent them to be tried in Upper Canada. Upon this the colonists again returned to the

FORT WILLIAM IN I865.

Red River. Selkirk made treaties with the Indians, who named him " Silver Chief," planned for roads to be made, and tried to settle his people comfortably, but for many years they had a hard struggle. On returning to Upper Canada, the earl was tried and fined for having imprisoned the Nor'-westers, but the men who had killed Semple went unpunished. Worn out with trouble and anxiety, Selkirk returned home in 1818, to die in less than two years. In 1821 the rival fur-trading companies united under the old name of the Hudson's Bay Company, and

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