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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort la Reine Monument (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Near the site of this cairn, in October 1738, Pierre Gaultier de La Vérendrye built the fourth and most important of his western posts, which he named Fort la Reine. The site was chosen, in part, to intercept the trade of Indians crossing the portage to Lake Manitoba en route to the English posts on Hudson Bay. Fort la Reine served as the base for the explorations of La Vérendrye and his sons south to the Missouri River and north to the Saskatchewan River. Ordered abandoned in 1749, the post was reconstructed by Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre, in 1751. During his absence in 1752 it was burnt by Indians, and probably not rebuilt.

A monument was erected here in 1925 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. A plaque on its side was later replaced by the present one.

Fort la Reine commemorative monument

Fort la Reine commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.95109, W98.32725
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort la Reine Museum (Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Dauphin Monument (Winnipegosis)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2021

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