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Michigan Chapter Seven

Dangers Which Surrounded the New Settlements

It is not entirely a matter of surprise that these men, resenting their treatment, should then tender their services to the English. The French laid claim to the Hudson's bay country as covered by the grant of Francis I in 1540 to Sieur de Roberval. When the Marquis of Denonville, governor of Canada, saw the movements of Radisson and his associate and before the expedition sailed from Boston in 1668 he sent an officer in charge of a suitable escort to go in search of the most advantageous posts and establish such on the shores of the great Baie du Nord and the rivers which discharge therein. This party had instructions to arrest Radisson and his adherents wherever they might be found. But the movement was too late to prevent the English establishing themselves and fortifying important posts on the great bay. The next movement was to dislodge the intruders. Through the active exertions of the Northern Company, the French Company then controlling the fur trade of Canada, Governor Denonville organized an overland expedition from Quebec to Hudson's bay. Four brothers of the family Le Moyne, of whom Le Moyne D'lberville was the leader, organized an expedition which set out early in 1685 an^ after three months of perilous and exciting adventures reached its destination. It attacked and captured in their turn the three important forts which the Hudson's Bay Company had garrisoned and equipped, as well as the company's vessel lying in one of the harbors. With these captures was an immense quantity of valuable furs. The Hudson's Bay Company employes were sent to England and the rest of the prisoners D'lberville took to France, whence they were afterward permitted to return to England. The two countries being at peace at that time, the affair was in reality nothing more than a squabble between the two rival fur companies.

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