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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Colen (c1751-1818)

Furtrader.

Engaged by the Hudson's Bay Company as a writer in 1785, Colen was subsequently appointed resident chief at York Factory and was active in organizing the first HBC expeditions to the Athabasca country. He was recalled in 1798, probably because of criticisms of his management. He offered Lord Selkirk a favourable account of Red River in 1802, which helped influence Selkirk to persevere with his scheme of transplanting Highlanders to the region.

More information:

Joseph Colen, Dictionary of Canadian Biography V, 194-95.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 31 July 2008

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