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Radisson-Groseilliers Fort

 
 
Radisson-Groseilliers Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2009
1. Radisson-Groseilliers Fort Marker
Inscription.  A crude structure of boughs of trees “layed acrosse, one upon an other” was erected near here by Pierre Radisson and Medart Groseilliers in 1659. The two French traders came to Chequamegon Bay from Montreal and Radisson's account of their journey reports “at the end of this bay we landed.”

This very profitable trip resulted in confiscation of their licenses and furs because they refused to share the proceeds with the French Governor of Canada. In anger Radisson and Groseilliers went to England and persuaded Prince Rupert to sponsor an expedition to Hudson Bay.

The return of Groseilliers with a great cargo of beaver skins was soon followed by the issue of a royal charter to the Hudson's Bay Company. Thus the dream of two adventurers for exploitation of northern North America was to contribute much to the long conflict between England and France for control of this continent.
 
Erected 1951 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration
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Forts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1659.
 
Location. 46° 34.973′ N, 90° 55.148′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Wisconsin, in Ashland County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive West (U.S. 2) and Turner Road, on the right when traveling west on Lake Shore Drive West. Marker is located in Maslowski Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland WI 54806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Voices in the Mist (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lands Along the Lake (approx. 0.9 miles away); Security Savings Bank (approx. 1.7 miles away); Northland College (approx. 2.2 miles away); Doctor Edwin Ellis (approx. 2.3 miles away); Schooner Lucerne (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (approx. 3 miles away); The Sprague Well (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
 
Radisson-Groseilliers Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, September 2, 2009
2. Radisson-Groseilliers Fort Marker
Radisson-Groseilliers Fort image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, September 22, 2010
3. Radisson-Groseilliers Fort
Radisson-Groseilliers Fort image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, September 22, 2010
4. Radisson-Groseilliers Fort
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,675 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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