"PIERRE-ESPRIT RADISSON" c1640-1710 In 1659 -- French River, Ontario
N 46° 01.004 W 080° 35.086
17T E 532142 N 5095990
Quick Description: Fur trader and explorer, helped found the Hudson's Bay Company, 1670.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 9/7/2010 6:53:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM9N7W
In 1659 the coureur de bois Pierre Radisson and his brother-in-law, Medard Chouart Des Groseilliers, left Montreal 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's 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's Bay, Canada and the Caribbean. In 1687 he became and English subject, and he spent the rest of his life in London.
Classification: National Historic Person
Province or Territory: Ontario
Location - City name/Town name: French River Provincial Park
Link to Parks Canada entry (must be on www.pc.gc.ca): [Web Link]
Link to HistoricPlaces.ca: Not listed
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