Nonsuch voyage leads to creation of Hudson’s Bay

Today marks a significant day in the history of one of Canada’s oldest companies — the Hudson’s Bay Company.

It was September 29, 1668 that Captain Zachariah Gillam reaches Rupert River on the ketch Nonsuch with Médart des Groseilliers; they proceed to build Charles Fort, make a treaty with the local chief and spend the winter trading.

The Nonsuch returned to England with its cargo of furs in October, 1669. The investors approached King Charles for a charter to establish a trading company which was granted on May 2, 1670, creating the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Canada Post issued the Voyage of the Nonsuch stamp on June 5, 1968.




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