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Architectural Symbolism and Non-Verbal Communication at Upper Fort Garry

Gregory G. Monks
Historical Archaeology
Vol. 26, No. 2 (1992), pp. 37-57
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25616156
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

The archival research component of the Upper Fort Garry Archaeological Project recovered extensive detailed information on the architectural history of the fort. It quickly became clear that the changes in architecture during the fort's occupancy (1836-1881) corresponded closely to economic and social changes in the Red River Settlement at large. Built by the Hudson's Bay Company to house its administrative elite in North America, the fort played a central role, both physically and conceptually, in the life of the settlement. This article takes a non-verbal communication approach to the fort and examines it as a set of architectural symbols by means of which the Hudson's Bay Company established and maintained its dominant position in economic and social relations with its employees and with settlers.

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