Manitoba is one of Canada's ten provinces.
Manitoba has been covered by glaciers over much of the last several hundred thousand years, and this has had a profound effect on Manitoba's geography.
English explorer Henry Hudson explored Manitoba's Arctic coast in 1611. The large bay he discovered is known as Hudson's Bay, in his honour. Hudson's crew, unhappy with the dangers and privations of exploring the Bay marooned Hudson, his son, and some loyal crew members.
In 1670, when the Hudson's Bay Company was founded, King Charles II of England claimed he had the authority to grant rights to Manitoba and all other land that drained into Hudson's Bay to his nephew, Prince Rupert. Isolated Hudson Bay trading posts, at the mouths of Arctic Rivers, shipping their furs by ship, found themselves in conflict with traders from Quebec, who shipped their furs south by canoe. The English and French captured one another's forts, for decades.