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Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed

The author discusses the lives of these two Metis women who were born during the fur trade and who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade transitioned to a sedentary agricultural and industrial economy.

As Metis matriarchs, Isabella assumed the title Lady Isabella when she established her grand home in Calgary, Beaulieu (Lougheed) House, while Marie Rose assumed the title of Queen of the Jughandle Ranch in Pincher Creek. The lives of these two Metis women provide rare insight into the contributions that Metis women made to the building of the Prairie West.


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