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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 - http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0002238

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 

Explorers of Canada, Part XII: Sieurs des Groseilliers __ A two page article about Radisson & Des Groseilliers, their work on Hudson Bay and more. - From suite101.com - http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/life_in_canada/83594 


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

Médard des Groseilliers __ A biographic overview with embedded links to related materials. - From nationmaster.com - http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/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: Biography __ A collection of biographies from a variety of online resources. - From answers.com - http://www.answers.com/topic/pierre-esprit-radisson

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 - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/topics/radisson/index.asp  


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 - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=366  


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