Louis Jolliet
Hudson Bay & The British

In the ensuing years following his historic explorations of the Mississippi River, Louis Jolliet had made a name for himself as one of the most influencial trade merchants in Quebec. It was no surprise, then, when, in 1679, France became concerned over the British presense in Hudson Bay and commissioned Jolliet to travel there and assess the situation.

On April 13, 1679, Jolliet and 7 companions set out north along the Saguenay River to Hudson Bay via Lac Saint Jean (Lake St. John), Lake Matassini, the Rupert River, and Rupert Bay (James Bay). By this time, England was well acquainted with Jolliet's explorations and reputation and he was welcomed by Charles Bayly, the Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Bayly and Jolliet spent many hours talking about the Hudson's Bay Company and the fur trade open to the Company. Bayly, in fact, tried many times to convince Jolliet to come work for the Company, but Jolliet declined each invitation.

Jolliet returned to Quebec with the knowledge that the British, with control of the Hudson's Bay Company, had access to the richest source of furs in the country, and that control also gave them domination over all the fur trade in Canada.


Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet

The Mississippi River
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