Memorable Manitobans: Nicolas Jérémie dit Lamontagne (1669-1732)
Fur trader, author.
He was born at Quebec on 16 February 1669. From 1694 to 1714 he was employed almost continuously by the Compagnie du Nord at the posts on Hudson Bay. In 1694 he sailed from Quebec with d’Iberville and took part in the capture of York Factory. When the British recaptured York Factory in 1696 Jérémie was taken prisoner. However, in 1697 he was again with d’Iberville when the French retook York Factory.
He was the author of Relation du Détroit et de la baie d’Hudson (Amsterdam, 1720) which was translated into English and edited by R. Douglas and J. N. Wallace under the title Twenty Years of York Factory 1694-1714 (Ottawa, 1926). As an author, Jérémie emphasized only what he had examined in person, and he included landscape, flora, and fauna, as well as a history and eyewitness account of the French presence on the Bay.
He died at Quebec on 19 October 1732.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 April 2012
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