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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Henry (the Younger) (?-1814)

Fur trader.

The nephew of Alexander Henry the Elder, he had other relations in the fur trade. He is best known for his journal, begun in 1799 on the Whitemud River in what is now Manitoba. In the employment of the North West Company, Henry operated in the Red River/Pembina area until he moved to the Saskatchewan River in 1808. He kept moving west, and in 1813 helped establish NWC trade at the mouth of the Columbia River. He drowned there in 1814. A journal covering the years 1799 to 1814 was edited by Elliott Coues as New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest, three volumes (1897).

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Pinancewaywining Cairn (Morden)

Alexander Henry, Dictionary of Canadian Biography V, 418-19.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 December 2011

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