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“Radishes and Gooseberries” Change the Course of Canadian History

At some point in the 1650s, two adventurers from New France embarked on a journey that eventually revolutionized the fur trade and changed the course of Canadian history. Médard Chouart, Sieur des Groseilliers, and his brother-in-law Pierre Esprit Radisson, traveled inland beyond lake Superior, possibly as far as James Bay. Des Groseilliers’ daring had already led him to explorations that were crucial for French territorial claims in North America.