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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph La France (c1707-c1740s)


Born at Michilimackinac to a French fur trader and an Ojibwa woman, he was taken to Quebec and educated in French. To avoid arrest as an unlicensed trader, he headed west to Hudson Bay in 1739, arriving in 1742. He was sent to England, where he met Arthur Dobbs, to whom he recounted his journey via a water route between Lake Superior and Hudson Bay. At the time, his adventures were discounted.

More information:

Joseph La France, Dictionary of Canadian Biography III, 341-42.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 21 March 2008

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