1874

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.

From L'opinion publique, volume 2, no. 43, p. 517 (October 26, 1871)

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