In the autumn they seem to have been southeast of present-day Red Deer, Alta, when they found a great camp of "Archithinues" (Blackfoot or Gros Ventre). Henday and some of the Cree spent part of the winter nearby. In the spring they descended the North Saskatchewan. Middlemen in the fur trade, the Cree collected furs from other Aboriginals as they travelled eastward. The best were sold at French posts conveniently located on the lower Saskatchewan. The remainder were taken to York, where the party arrived in June 1755. In 1759 Henday went west again for a year, this time with some "Archithinues." He left the HBC's service in 1762 and probably returned to England. Described by Andrew GRAHAM as a "bold, enterprising" man, he felt ill rewarded for his great hardships.
See also EXPLORATION.
Author JANE E. GRAHAM
Links to Other Sites
The Beaver Hills Country: A History of Land and Life
Read an illustrated online book by Graham A. MacDonald that documents the ecology and the human history of the region of Alberta between the North Saskatchewan and the Battle Rivers. Offers details about local indigenous peoples, Métis, and European immigrants.
A brief history of fur trade activity in the Edmonton region of Alberta. From the River Valley Alliance.