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The World

1783: The United States of America gain independence from Britain after a long military struggle.


1759: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham effectively gives Britain control of the territory of New France. A treaty in 1763 formally cedes the territory.


1760: Exploration of southern Manitoba is undertaken by both the Hudson Bay Co. and the Northwest Co. with the beginnings of Fur Trade Posts near Souris Mouth and Hartney beginning in the 1760 - 90’s.

The R.M. of Argyle

The closest fur trade post serving the Argyle region was in the Spruce Woods to the north. Pine Fort or Fort Epinette was established in 1785 and continued to be the western headquarters for Indian trade until 1794. It was located on the NE quarter section of 36-8-14 west: David Thompson visited the site in 1798 and B. Tyrrell located the remains of the early fort as late as 1890. Pine Fort was the headquarters for trade with the Mandan Indians of the Missouri country.