Henry, Alexander (The Younger) National Historic Person

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
North West Company Logo/Crest (© Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Library and Archives Canada / C-008711)
North West Company Logo/Crest
(© Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Library and Archives Canada / C-008711)
Address : Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1973-11-15
Life Date: 1791 to 1814

Other Name(s):
  • Henry, Alexander (The Younger)  (Designation Name)

Importance: Fur trader in the North West Company (1791-1814)

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: Rocky Mountain House NHSC, near location of former Northwest Company fort. Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Fur trader, explorer and diarist, Alexander Henry the younger began his career with the North West Company in 1791. Ten years later he was made a partner in that firm. Trade and exploration took him from Lake Superior to the Pacific, from the Athabasca to the Missouri rivers. In 1813 the North West Company sent overland and maritime parties to establish trade at the mouth of the Columbia River and to oust its American rivals. Henry, co-leader of the overland group, drowned there the following year. His journal is an important source of information on fur trade and Indian life in the West.