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British Colonies are established along the east coast of North America. These colonies would eventually become the “13 Colonies” that would break away from Britain to for the United States


What new know as Central Canada (Quebec and Ontario) is called New France. The profits available through the Fur Trade would prompt westward exploration.


Henry Kelsey travels southwest from Hudson Bay – to the eastern edge of the great plains

The French Explorer, La Verendrye, builds Fort La Reine on the Assiniboine River (near present day Portage La Prairie).

The R.M. of Argyle

When the first settlers arrived in Argyle it was obvious to them that they were not the first inhabitants of this land. Native people often passed through and evidence of past inhabitants was more visible in those days, be it in the form of burial mounds or prairie trails. Stone projectile points found in the Avery Mound (SW 14-3-13) near the northeastern corner of Rock Lake, show that an early culture called The Lake Shore Culture occupied the territory about 1500, BC. Although settlement by the Sioux, Algonquin, Plains Cree and Assiniboine people was intermittent as befitted their dependence on the roving herds of bison, it was ongoing and substantial.  Absence of any written record is of course a challenge as we try to understand the times, but thanks to archaeologists, like Argyle’s own Chris Vickers, we know the region was then, as it is now, a home. With that knowledge comes the understanding that the story of the first peoples is still unfolding, and that it bears some similarities to the story of our ancestors. They also migrated here, likely as not led by advanced scouting parties (explorers?), and they adapted to the land and took from it what they needed to survive and even prosper.