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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Robson (?-?)


Engaged in 1733 as a stonemason to build Fort Prince of Wales, he also worked as a surveyor and kept a journal of his experiences, which he published as An Account of Six Years Residence in Hudson’s Bay (1752). This was the first book on the Bay written by someone who had lived there, and its criticism of the Hudson’s Bay Company was very influential. It was he who wrote, “The Company have for eighty years slept at the edge of a frozen sea.” He later published The British Mars (1763), a manual about fortifications.

See also:

Joseph Robson, Dictionary of Canadian Biography III, 561-62.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 January 2017

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