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The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763$
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Paul W. Mapp

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833957

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838945_Mapp

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Imperial Comparisons

Imperial Comparisons

(p.166) 6 Imperial Comparisons
The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763

Paul W. Mapp

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on a report “Touching upon the Discovery of the Western Sea,” which appeared as an attachment to a letter from the governor of New France, the marquis de Beauharnois. The report's author was the French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Verendrye. While serving as commander of French fur-trading posts north of Lake Superior in 1728 and 1729, La Verendrye had been seeking information about western lands and waters from Indians at the French forts. His interlocutors included a former slave of the Assiniboines; Auchagah, “a savage [Sauvage] of my post”; “a Monsoni chief”; and the Cree leaders Pako, Lefoye, Petit Jour, Tacchigis, and La Marteblanche. In addition to oral testimony, La Verendrye received sketches of western territory from Tacchigis, from Auchagah, and from La Marteblanche and two other chiefs from his nation.

Keywords:   New France, marquis de Beauharnois, French explorer, La Verendrye, fur-trading posts

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