Definitions for "Rupert's Land"
Land Given to the Hudson's Bay Company by the British when their company started up. It was given to the new Canadian government as part of the British North American Act in 1870. In return, The Hudson's Bay Company got £300,000 and 2.8 million hectares of land in what is now the Prairie Provinces. See Hudson's Bay Company.-See Map
Territory comprised of northern Quebec and Ontario. Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, southern Alberta and segments of the North West Territory and Nunavut that was granted to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670 by Charles II of England. Named in honour of Prince Rupert, the King's cousin and the Hudson Bay Company's first governor the company was also granted a monopoly on the furs in and complete control of the territory. By 1870 the Hudson's Bay Company had constructed nearly 100 fur trade posts in the territory but, in 1869 the Canadian government purchased Rupert's Land from the Company for 300 000 British pounds.
A huge area of land once owned by the Hudson's Bay Company. It covered part of what is now northern Ontario and Quebec, as well as Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, and parts of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In 1870 this land was sold to the Canadian government.