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Encyclopedia > Fort Maurepas

Fort Maurepas was one of the first forts built by Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye and his men west of Fort St. Charles on Lake of the Woods. In 1733 two of the brothers, Jean Baptiste de La Vérendrye, Pierre Gaultier de La Vérendrye and their men, constructed Fort La Barrière on the Winnipeg River. They also explored the southernmost part of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River for a number of miles south. They identified a site for the first Fort Maurepas on the west bank approximately five miles north of the present day town of Selkirk and in 1734 constructed the fort at that location. Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye (November 17, 1685 – December 5, 1749) was a French Canadian military officer, fur trader and explorer. ... Fort St. ... Lake of the Woods from space, May 1998 Lake of the Woods. ... Jean Baptiste de La Vérendrye (b September 3, 1713 – d June 6, 1736) was the eldest son of Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye. ... Pierre Gaultier de La Vérendrye La Vérendrye, Pierre Gaultier de (1714-1755), fur-trader and soldier, was born at Sorel, Canada, on December 26, 1714, the second son of Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye. ... Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, on Lake Winnipeg Lake Winnipeg (52°30′N 97°47′W) is a very large (24,400 km²) lake in central North America, in the province of Manitoba, Canada, about 55 km north of the city of Winnipeg. ... The Royal Burgh of Selkirk is a town in the Scottish Borders. ...


There are varying accounts of this construction and the construction on the site near the mouth of the Winnipeg river. The second site is the one which receives historical recognition today. It appears that the first site was abandoned in 1739 and the second Fort Maurepas was built on the Winnipeg River across from present day Pine Falls. It was moved in the interest of peace with the local natives and the establishment of Fort Rouge on the Assiniboine made the first site obsolete. The new area proved popular as a fur post location and both the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company constructed posts there later during their fur trade expansion. In 1738 Sieur Louis Damours de Louvieres, built Fort Rouge on he Assiniboine River for La Vérendrye. ... Today, the North West Company is a grocery vendor in remote communities across northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland. ... The Hudsons Bay Company building in Montreal The Hudsons Bay Company (HBC) is the oldest corporation in Canada and is one of the oldest in the world still in existence. ...


Fort Maurepas is important historically as being the first post in that area (both locations) trying to capture the fur trade and make allies of the local Indian tribes.


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  • (http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/transactions/3/grandrapids.shtml)
  • (http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/pageant/14/architecture.shtml)
  • (http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/transactions/3/theforks.shtml)
  • (http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/transactions/1/harmon.shtml)

 
 

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