Voyages Of Peter Esprit Radisson By Peter Esprit Radisson

 -  Vide Genealogical Dictionary of Canadian Families, Quebec,
1881.] He was a pilot, and married, 3rd September, 1647, Helen, the
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Vide Genealogical Dictionary Of Canadian Families, Quebec, 1881.] He Was A Pilot, And Married, 3rd September, 1647, Helen, The Daughter Of Abraham Martin, And Widow Of Claude Etienne.

Abraham Martin left his name to the celebrated Plains of Abraham, near Quebec.

She dying in 1651, Chouart married, secondly, at Quebec, August 23, 1653, the sister of Radisson, Margaret Hayet, the widow of John Veron Grandmenil. In Canada, Chouart acted as a donne, or lay assistant, in the Jesuit mission near Lake Huron. He left the service of the mission about 1646, and commenced trading with the Indians for furs, in which he was very successful. With his gains he is supposed to have purchased some land in Canada, as he assumed the seigneurial title of "Sieur des Groseilliers."

Radisson spent more than ten years trading with the Indians of Canada and the far West, making long and perilous journeys of from two to three years each, in company with his brother-in-law, Des Groseilliers. He carefully made notes during his wanderings from 1652 to 1664, which he afterwards copied out on his voyage to England in 1665. Between these years he made four journeys, and heads his first narrative with this title: "The Relation of my Voyage, being in Bondage in the Lands of the Irokoits, which was the next year after my coming into Canada, in the yeare 1651, the 24th day of May." In 1652 a roving band of Iroquois, who had gone as far north as the Three Rivers, carried our author as a captive into their country, on the banks of the Mohawk River.

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