Fort Maurepas (2)

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Fort Maurepas (2) (1734-1737) - A French fur trading fort established in 1734 for Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye near Selkirk, Manitoba. Named Fort Maurepas after Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas, French Minister of Marine. Probably abandoned in 1837 and moved in 1739, see Fort Maurepas (3).

History of Fort Maurepas

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye sent his son Jean-Baptiste and Sieur Cartier, a merchant, with 12 men in 3 canoes to build a fort on the Red River above present day Selkirk, Manitoba. The fort was known Fort Maurepas, the site has not been positively identified but some sources say it was located at Nettley Creek on the Red River.

In 1735 the fort produced 600 packages of furs. La Vérendrye arrived in February 1737 to meet with the local tribe. In May of 1737 it was reported that all the Indians at the fort had died of small pox. By the end of 1739 the fort was abandoned in favor of a location across the peninsula along the Winnipeg river. That location is currently on the Sagkeeng First Nations Reserve. See Fort Maurepas (3).

La Vérendrye Family Built Forts (edit list)
Name Start Stop Place State Est By GPS Notes
Fort St. Pierre (1) 1731 1758 Fort Francis ON Jean-Baptiste 48.6166,
Fort St. Charles 1732 1754 Magnusons Island MN Pierre 49.36181,
Fort Maurepas (2) 1734 1737 Selkirk MB Jean-Baptiste 50.29194,
Fort Maurepas (3) 1739 1760 Fort Alexander MB 50.60904,
Fort La Reine 1737 1753 Portage la Prairie MB Pierre Gaultier 49.9513,
Fort Rouge 1738 1753 Winnipeg MB Pierre Gaultier 49.88508,
Fort Dauphin 1741 1759 Winnipegosis MB Pierre Gaultier 51.6546,
Fort Bourbon (2) 1741 1750 Grand Rapids MB Philippe Leduc 53.1857,
Fort Paskoya 1741 1759 Fort Island MB 53.507,


Current Status

Site not positively identified.

Location: Identified as on the west bank of the Red River about six miles north of Selkirk, Manitoba. Further identified as near the mouth of Nettley Creek. The map point reflects this description but may not be correct.

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Lat: 50.29194 Long: -96.86683

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