In 1659, Radisson joined des Groseilliers, his brother in law, on a trading trip.
Thanks for letting me tag along.
Anytime brother, anytime.
It took them where no European has gone before, deep inland to the far end of Lake Superior.
And everywhere they went the First Nations welcomed them.
As Radisson and des Groseilliers travelled, they claimed land for France, established settlements, and grew their knowlage of the fur trade.
We claim this land for France!
In 1670, Radisson and des Groseilliers travelled to Hudson Bay because First Nations people had told them the land was rich infur-bearing animals. But when they presented this news to their superior, he rejected their offer, took their furs and threw them into jail.
But the brothers-in-law did not give up and left the French to side with the French's enemy, the British. And these two coureur de bois, together, founded the Hudson Bay Company, Canada's oldest company to this day.