Orkney Islands, Scotland. Two women walking on Hellihole Road in front of a number of stone built houses. During the eighteenth century, Orkney, and especially the town of Stromness, had a strong association with the Hudson's Bay Company. The Company held the trade monopoly in the Hudson's Bay region in Canada, and their ships regularly came to Stromness to acquire supplies and to hire labour. By the late eighteenth century, approximately three quarters of those working in Canada for the Hudson's Bay Company were Orcadian.
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