Edmonton History - Gateway to the North
Edmonton's development began in 1795 when the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post was established. John Rowand, a fur trader for the North West Company, arrived in Edmonton in 1804, and grew to be respected by the Plains Indians and accepted as a leader, managing Edmonton's the fur trade with the Cree and Blackfoot in Edmonton for about 30 year.
Fort Edmonton became a local economic centre, becoming the major stopping point before pioneers headed up north or farther west. More history of Edmonton