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René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui

René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted March, 2011

René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
In a park on the southwest corner of West and Bagot streets

Coordinates: N 44 13.606 W 76 29.281


Plaque Text

Early in his celebrated career the explorer La Salle played a principal role in the expansion of the French fur trade into the Lake Ontario region. In 1673 he arranged a meeting between Governor-General Frontenac, who wanted to shift the centre of the fur trade away from Montreal, and representatives of the Iroquois at Cataracoui, the site of present day Kingston. Placed in command of Fort Frontenac, the post the governor ordered built here, La Salle soon gained control over trade in the area by acquiring ownership of the establishment as a seigneurial grant. Using the fort as a base, he then undertook expeditions to the west and southwest in an attempt to expand his Cataracoui operation into a vast fur-trading empire.

Related Ontario plaques
La Salle at the Head of the Lake
The Voyage of the "Griffon" 1679
Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau 1622-1698
Madeleine de Roybon d'Allonne c. 1646-1718



Fur Trade

Kingston Plaques

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> Posted March 1, 2011
Very nice site!

> Posted September 28, 2010
in my school I am doing a report about explores and I have Robert La Salle so I am just writting a report about him so I can tell my class about this.

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