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Trader's Son

Written by
Helen Webster

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156 pages,
ISBN: 9780888876928
$19.95 CA

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About the Book

Written from the unique perspective of a young man growing up with his trader father on various Hudson´s Bay Company posts in Quebec and Ontario, Trader´s Son tells the story of T. Robert Ross, who becomes an HBC trader himself, before going on to medical school at Queen´s University.

Born and raised in the family tradition of employment by the HBC, Robert´s story begins in 1883. It is one of survival in the wilds of northern Ontario, told against the complex background of family and Company expectations, pivotal events in Canadian history and Robert´s dramatic adventures as a young Bay Man. His life is also shaped by the diminishing supply of furs and the subsequent impact on the Company, and the great changes within the HBC itself as it moves from a barter economy to a retail empire.

Living in the wilderness, where life and death decisions are an everyday occurrence, Robert´s finely honed decision making skills serve him well as he grows to adulthood.

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About the Author Helen Webster
Helen Webster is a fifth generation Canadian and the granddaughter of T. Robert Ross, the real life trader´s son in this story. Growing up, Helen was enthralled with the stories her grandfather told. This “larger than life” man ignited in her a passion for writing, for research, and for the interconnected history of Canada and the Hudson´s Bay Company. She knew that someday she would recount his story for all to read. She had access to original source materials including Robert´s letters, his stories, and his journals, all of which provide a richly detailed narrative of the times.

Also by the Author Company Wife (2019)

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