|Content Description||Text consists of copies of petitions to the King, and agreements regarding rights to Hudson's Bay, North America (now Hudson Bay, Canada), discovered by Henry Hudson in 1610. They detail the history of the discovery and use of the Bay, by French and English adventurers and traders, in an attempt to establish claim to the territory.|
Between 1682 and 1713 the French made repeated attempts to secure the Bay, and were often in complete control. The Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 finally assigned all French posts to England.
Much of the text is in French, often being translations of English documents.
|Descriptive Features||Watermark: Arms of Amsterdam, free standing lions, approx. 95 x 105 mm.|
Countermark: Letters RW, 13 x 45 mm
Professional copy in cursive script
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