Radisson-Groseilliers Fort

Radisson-Groseilliers Fort (HMWMN)

Location: Ashland, WI 54806 Ashland County
Country: United States of America

N 46° 34.973', W 90° 55.148'

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A crude structure of boughs of trees "layed acrosse, one upon an other" was erected near here by Pierre Radisson and Medart Groseilliers in 1659. The two French traders came to Chequamegon Bay from Montreal and Radisson's account of their journey reports "at the end of this bay we landed."

This very profitable trip resulted in confiscation of their licenses and furs because they refused to share the proceeds with the French Governor of Canada. In anger Radisson and Groseilliers went to England and persuaded Prince Rupert to sponsor an expedition to Hudson Bay.

The return of Groseilliers with a great cargo of beaver skins was soon followed by the issue of a royal charter to the Hudson's Bay Company. Thus the dream of two adventurers for exploitation of northern North America was to contribute much to the long conflict between England and France for control of this continent.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number6
Year Placed1951
Placed ByWisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 1:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 659424 N 5160916
Decimal Degrees46.58288333, -90.91913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 34.973', W 90° 55.148'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 34' 58.38" N, 90° 55' 8.88" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9331 Beach, Ashland WI 54806, US
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