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Encyclopedia > The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site

Beginning in the 1600s, voyageurs would launch their canoes from this location to transport trade goods thousands of miles into Native American lands. At that time the Lachine Rapids prevented the large ships from going any further to the west. A stone warehouse was erected in 1803 to store the furs gathered as a result of fur trade. It's now a museum dedicated to the history of this strategic location as a departure and arrival point for fur trading expeditions. The coureurs des bois (runners of the woods) or voyageurs (travellers) is the name given to the men who engaged in the fur trade directly with the Amerindians in North America from the time of New France up through the 19th century, when much of the continent was still mostly... First Nations is a term of ethnicity used in Canada. ... The Lachine Rapids are a series of rapids on the Saint Lawrence River, between the Island of Montreal and the south shore. ... // Indian trade The fur trade (also called the Indian trade) was a huge part of the early history of contact in North America between European-Americans and American Indians (now often called Native Americans in the United States and First Nations in Canada). ...

External links

  • Lachine National Historic Site - Parks Canada Website



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