Indian war was hastened and fostered by the Hudson Bay people there
is little doubt. At that time England claimed all this country from the
Canadian possessions to the Columbia river, and the ever increasing
number of Americans coming to settle the Northwest threatened to put
under the plow land that the Hudson Bay sheep men were accustomed to
look upon as their legitimate pasturage, so they aided the Indians with
arms and supplies in a struggle to maintain control of the country.
sent his clerk out once to visit the Indian camps to see if he
could find evidence of aid to the Indians Irom this source. I was sent
along, with others, as a guard. We found empty sacks and cans with the
Hudson Bay lettering on them, proving conclusively where much of the
support the Indians received came from."