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Fort Kaministiquia 1717

Fort Kaministiquia 1717

Photos by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted July, 2012

Fort Kaministiquia 1717

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
At city hall, on the southwest corner of
Donald Street East and May Street South

Coordinates: N 48 22.936 W 89 14.749


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Plaque Text

A small fort was established near here in 1717 by a French officer, Zacharie Robutel de la Nouë. First of a projected series of bases en route to the "Western Sea", it replaced a structure built in 1679 by Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Dulhut, on another branch of the Kaministiquia River delta. It served as a trading post and base of operations, 1727-43, for Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye, the famous explorer. Following the conquest of New France in 1760 this fort was abandoned. A later Fort Kaministiquia, built a short distance downriver by the North West Company, was renamed Fort William in 1807. It became the nucleus of this city.

Another plaque at this location
William McGillivray 1764-1825

Related Ontario plaques
Sieur de La Vérendrye 1685-1749
The North West Company
Fort William
The Capture of Fort William


Trading Posts

Thunder Bay Plaques

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> Posted December 10, 2010
The plaques are actually much closer to the original site of Fort William then the Fort William Historical Park is. You should totally visit FWHP. It's an awesome historical site.

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