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Fort Kaministiquia 1717

 
 
Fort Kaministiquia 1717 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 10, 2017
1. Fort Kaministiquia 1717 Marker
Inscription.  
A small fort was established near here in 1717 by a French officer, Zacharie Robutel de la Nouë. First of a projected series of bases en route to the "Western Sea", it replaced a structure built in 1679 by Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Dulhut, on another branch of the Kaministiquia River delta. It served as a trading post and base of operations, 1727-43, for Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye, the famous explorer. Following the conquest of New France in 1760 this fort was abandoned. A later Fort Kaministiquia, built a short distance downriver by the North West Company, was renamed Fort William in 1807. It became the nucleus of this city.
 
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1717.
 
Location. 48° 22.936′ N, 89° 14.743′ W. Marker is in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Thunder Bay District. Marker is at the intersection of Donald Street East and May Street South, on the right when traveling east
Wideview of Fort Kaministiquia 1717 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 10, 2017
2. Wideview of Fort Kaministiquia 1717 Marker
William McGillivray marker is adjacent.
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on Donald Street East. Marker is located in front of Thunder Bay City Hall, NE corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Donald Street East, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 5K4, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William McGillivray (here, next to this marker); The Western Route of the C.P.R. (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Capture of Fort William (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fort William (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); a different marker also named Fort William (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Lakehead University (approx. 4.6 kilometers away); Elizabeth Muriel Gregory "Elsie" MacGill (approx. 4.9 kilometers away); Canadian Car & Foundry (approx. 4.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thunder Bay.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.

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