Des Groseilliers, Médard Chouart __ "In August 1659 Des Groseilliers,
this time accompanied by his brother-in-law Radisson, undertook a second voyage
to the south shore of Lake Superior to Chequamegon, Mille Lacs area of Wisconsin, and in the spring of 1660, to the north shore of Lake Superior near
Pigeon River." You will find a good article. - From thecanadianencyclopedia.com -
Empire of the Bay: Radisson and Groseilliers __
Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart, Sieur Des Groseilliers established trading routes that led to the creation of the Hudson's Bay Company.
A good overview. - illustrated - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/profiles/rg.html
Médard Chouart des Groseilliers __ "Des
Groseilliers was born in France, but came to New france to work in 1642.
He began to work for the Jesuit priests at their mission close to
Georgian Bay. He later became a coureur de bois. He went in search of
new sources of fur. His first accomplishment was his expedition through
the wilderness that ended at the Great Lakes. There he met Huron peoples
and he was able establish a trading partnership with them."
Read the rest of the story. - From canadiana.org - http://www.canadiana.org/hbc/person/groseilliers1_e.html
Médard des Groseilliers __ "Des
Groseilliers, a coureur des bois ("runner of the woods"),
worked with the Jesuit missionaries among the Hurons near Lake Huron in
the 1640s. From 1654 to 1656 he explored what is now northern Ontario,
and was one of the first to reach Lake Superior." You will
find an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - from wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9dard_des_Groseilliers
Pierre Esprit Radisson __ "Radisson was
born in France but moved to Trois Rivieres in 1651. The Iroquois
captured him when he was 15. He lived with them for two years and
learned how to live in the wilderness. When he returned home, he became
partners in the fur trade with his sister's husband, Médard Chouart des
Groseilliers." Read the rest of the story. - illustrated -
From canadiana.org - http://www.canadiana.org/hbc/person/radisson_e.html
Pierre-Esprit Radisson at the Wisconsin Historical Society __ "Fur
trader and explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson (1640?-1710) came to New France
around 1651, and with his brother-in-law, the Sieur de Groseilliers, became the
first French fur traders to visit Wisconsin after Jean Nicolet in 1634."
An article about their accomplishments. - From wisconsinhistory.org -
Radisson and Des Groseilliers - Expanding in All Directions - 17th ...
__ "Bordering on the mythical, a myth entertained by Radisson
himself, Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart Des Groseilliers
were peerless 17th century explorers and voyagers. Having neither the
social standing nor the financial clout to be recognized, Radisson and
Des Groseilliers attempted to get both by changing their national
allegiance on more than one occasion." It really is quite an
interesting story. - illustrated - From collectionscanada.ca - http://www.collectionscanada.ca/explorers/h24-1460-e.html
Radisson’s own reminiscences __ You will find an online book.
"...this memoir, long attributed to Radisson, describes how they (or two other
explorers) crossed Lake Huron and lower Michigan before arcing across Lake
Michigan into Wisconsin; the Wisconsin portion begins on page 47. It includes
several speeches by Indian leaders with whom they talked. It is impossible to
trace their route exactly during the two years they spent collecting furs, but
they appear to have visited Green Bay, Sault St. Marie, and Lake Superior as
well as spending 4 months going from river to river in the interior." - From wisconsinhistory.org -