Francophone trader François-Xavier Mercier goes head to head with the Hudson’s Bay Company
Mercier builds a trading post in the Yukon, and his efforts will have a major impact on the development of the territory.
Until then, the Hudson’s Bay Company had had a commercial monopoly on trading in the Yukon. François-Xavier Mercier and his partner, Jack McQuesten, built the Fort Reliance trading post near the mouth of the Klondike River.
It was also in a large part because of his efforts that the Catholic Church sent the first oblate missionaries in the region.