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Pierre-Esprit Radisson c. 1640-1710

Pierre-Esprit Radisson c. 1640-1710

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted August, 2017

Canoe Route to the West

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted August, 2017

Pierre-Esprit Radisson c. 1640-1710

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Pierre-Esprit Radisson c. 1640-1710

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The District of Parry Sound
The Township of the Archipelago
In French River Provincial Park, along the walkway between
the parking lot and the Visitor Centre, just off Highway 69
first right southbound, south of the French River bridge


Coordinates: N 46 01.004 W 80 35.086

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Plaque Text

In 1659 the coureur de bois Pierre Radisson and his brother-in-law, Médard Chouart Des Groseilliers, left Montréal on an illicit voyage of trade and exploration north of Lake Superior. Here they conceived the idea of tapping this fur-rich region from Hudson Bay. Failing to enlist French support for the scheme, they turned to England; the result was the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670. The next two decades saw the erratic Radisson alternately in the service of France and England, in Hudson Bay, Canada and the Caribbean. In 1687 he became an English subject, and he spent the rest of his life in London.


Another plaque at this location
Canoe Route to the West

Related Ontario plaque
Canoe Route to the West

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