Pathfinders of the Great Plains: Chronicle of La Vérendrye and His Sons

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Pathfinders of the Great Plains: Chronicle of La Vérendrye and His Sons (1914) by Lawrence J. Burpee. Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, La Vérendrye (1685-1749) was a French Canadian military officer, and explorer. In the 1730s he and his four sons opened up the area west of Lake Superior and thus began the process that added Western Canada to the original New France. "Canada has had many brave sons, but none braver than Pierre Gaultier de La Vérendrye, who gave all that he had, including his life, for the glory and welfare of his country. La Vérendrye was born in the quaint little town of Three Rivers, on the St Lawrence, on November 17, 1685. His father was governor of the district of which Three Rivers was the capital; his mother was a daughter of Pierre Boucher, a former governor of the same district. In those days, when Canada was still a French colony, both Three Rivers and Montreal had their own governors, while the whole colony was under the... More > authority of the governor-general, who lived at Quebec."< Less
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March 13, 2013
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