Most Canadians will know Prince Rupert as the name of a port city in British Columbia.
And some may be familiar with the Rupert’s Land of history. This was the name given to a large swath of land that formed the Hudson Bay drainage area. This land, which consists of much of modern-day Canada, once belonged to the “Governor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson's Bay.”
The governor was Prince Rupert, a seventeenth-century adventurer who came from the royal courts of Europe.
Carolyn Harris, a Canadian historian who specializes in royalty, spoke with Canada’s History to fill in some of the blanks about Prince Rupert and his place in Canadian history.
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