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Alexander Kennedy was one of many Orkney men who sailed the Atlantic Ocean to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company in North America. Kennedy signed on as a writer in 1798, worked at many posts and outposts and eventually, became one of HBC’s chief factors before retiring in 1829. Kennedy retired with his family to the Red River Settlement and the Kennedy family became one of Manitoba’s prominent Métis families.

HBC records trace Kennedy’s travels, his activities and his rise through the HBC ranks. Records written by Kennedy chronicle his activities with colourful detail, including on-the-ground conflicts with the North West Company.

Follow Alexander Kennedy’s HBC adventure, over land and sea, and catch a glimpse of one man’s experience during a pivotal time in the history of the fur trade.

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