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Memorable Manitobans: Charles de Salaberry (1820-1882)


Born in Quebec, the son of the victor of the battle of Chateauguay (1813), he grew up in a family of private means and public service. In 1857 he accompanied the Hind Expedition to Red River, and in 1869 he was appointed a Canadian government emissary to Red River. He arrived in Pembina on Christmas Eve and in Red River in early January, 1870. Because he was not empowered to negotiate on behalf of Canada with Red River, the provisional government ignored him. His most important contribution to Red River was his training of a boys’ band in St. Boniface. He later served as superintendent of woods and forests in Quebec.

More information:

Charles de Salaberry, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XI, 441-42.


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

Page revised: 25 April 2008

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