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A visit to historic Lower Fort Garry (The Stone fort) in Manitoba, Canada.
Lower Fort Garry was a major business site for all in the Red River Settlement. Besides outfitting farmers and trappers with their yearly supplies, the Aboriginal communities in the surrounding areas also conducted much business with the Hudson's Bay Company. Many Aboriginal people would trade their leather goods, farmed crops and dried fish with the Company, and more still would work for the Company by taking part in the yearly buffalo hunts
When visiting the fort, the aboriginal people would set up their teepees outside the fort walls.
Lower Fort Garry has the finest stone fur trade buildings in all of western Canada. The Hudson's Bay Company started construction in 1831 and used the fort to supply its vast network of fur trade posts. Located below the rapids on the Red River, Lower Fort Garry was the perfect place to load supplies and furs bound for distant outposts like York Factory and, eventually, for Europe. In 1871, the Crown, the Ojibwa and the Swampy Cree First Nations made the first of the numbered treaties in western Canada here at "The Stone Fort". Lower Fort Garry was also one of the first training grounds for the North-West Mounted Police (later the RCMP).