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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Sergeant

Fur trader.

Little is known of Sergeant apart from his service to the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1685 he sailed for the Bay with the first clergyman sent to the region and three women including his wife, a companion, and a maidservant -- the first European women to winter in James Bay. The HBC had planned to replace him in 1685, but the order to do so was lost at sea. He lost Albany Factory to the French in 1686, was taken prisoner, and was subsequently ordered home “with the whole parcell of women appertaining to him.” The HBC sued him for damages caused by his “neglect or cowardice” but dropped the case in 1689.

More information:

Henry Sergeant, Dictionary of Canadian Biography I, 605-6.


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

Page revised: 27 April 2008

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