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Historical region, northern and western Canada, comprising the drainage basin of Hudson Bay. In 1670 it was granted by King Charles II to the Hudson's Bay Co. It was named after Prince Rupert, the king's cousin and the company's first governor. In 1869 the land became part of the Dominion of Canada.
Variants of RUPERT'S LAND
Rupert's Land or Prince Rupert's Land
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