Fort St. Pierre (1)

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Fort St. Pierre (1) (1731-1758) - A small French fur trading fort established in 1731 by the eldest son and nephew of Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, near present day Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada. Abandoned in 1758.

History of Fort St. Pierre

A small fort and trading post established in 1731 to expand the French western fur trade north of Lake Superior. French explorer La Vérendrye left Montreal with 50 men, including his eldest son, Jean-Baptiste, and his nephew, Sieur de La Jemeraye, and travelled west to Fort Kaministiquia. La Vérendrye's eldest son and his nephew went on to construct Fort St. Pierre on the southwest end of Rainy Lake.

The fort was constructed as a 50' square with two gates and two bastions. One bastion contained a storehouse and powder magazine. The surrounding stockade had a double row of thirteen foot high pickets. Inside the walls were two main buildings, each with two rooms and double chimneys.

The French abandoned Fort St. Pierre in 1758 as the French & Indian War came to a close.

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

A 1950's replica of the French post was once located at Pither's Point Park, but was torn down several years ago.

Location: Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada.

Maps & Images

Lat: 48.6166 Long: -93.35681

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