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George Simpson's Silver Canoe Postcard

George Simpson's Silver Canoe Postcard

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This postcard commemorates one of the real treasures of the Canadian Canoe Museum: a 33cm perfect replica of a birch bark trading canoe, made of sterling silver, given to the Hudson's Bay Company Governor in 1842 by a young Earl who had travelled with him from Lachine to the present day City of Winnipeg. 

As Governor of the Northern Department, George Simpson was an influential force in the development of HBC during the 19th century. He regularly oversaw the Company’s vast territory from his canoe as he travelled across the continent, which eventually earned him the nickname “The Birchbark Emperor.”