Trader's Son by Helen WebsterTrader's Son by Helen Webster

Trader's Son

byHelen Webster

Paperback | September 1, 2017

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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 occur- rence, Robert’s nely honed decision making skills serve him well as he grows to adulthood.

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 Huds...
Title:Trader's SonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Borealis Press LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888876920

ISBN - 13:9780888876928

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“. . . factual and insightful account full of dramatic and exciting stories of life in the forests of northern Ontario. This book brings a time in our history to life through exploring the hardships and joys of living, travelling and surviving in the wilds of our young country.  ere is nothing of the dry history text about the Trader’s Son. In fact this book goes a long way toward showing how very vibrant and interesting Canadian history really is.”   - Marg Smith