EdThe Royal Charter of the Company included law-making powers for the territory then known as "Rupert's Land." The 7,000-word charter was granted to a group of 18 investors which included King Charles II's cousin. The main purpose of the charter was to grant a fur, fish and mining monopoly to the Hudson's Bay Trading Company. Lawmaking power was to be exercised by the Governor of the Company in conformity with the laws of England. One curious exception provided that the serious crimes committed by a "white man' had to be tried in England. The English rapidly settled the Hudson's Bay area and establish a long network of trading posts deep into the land.