Fur Trade

Library and Archives Canada holds many records regarding the fur trade, including the companies involved in fur trading and the men, called "voyageurs," who did the actual fur trading.

Charles Napier Bell Fonds: Fur Trade Papers (MG 19 A30): Includes records relating to the recruitment of "voyageurs," 1787 to 1820, arranged by date.

List of Names in the Charles Napier Bell Fonds (MG 19 A30)

Names

Date

Asselin, François

5 March 1787

Baudoin, Amable

13 March 1799

Beaupré, Joseph

27 April 1797

Bélangé, Joseph

5 January 1803

Biboe, Paul

28 May 1802

Buché, François

24 January 1798

Cadieu, Michel

3 January 1820

Chaurette, Joseph

9 July 1803

Duchesne, Joseph

13 August 1789

Fleurie, Amable

29 May 1803

Gouin, Joseph

6 January 1800

Goulet, Joseph

22 November 1799

LaChance, Louis

23 July 1802

La Freniere, Louis

11 February 1797

Lalande, Ambroise

24 January 1797

Larnois, Jean Bte

5 January 1801

Laroque, Jean Baptiste

12 August 1816

Laverdure, Joseph

9 June 1787

Masuret dit Lapierre, Étienne

4 November 1802

Ménard, Joseph

23 June 1801

Mogie, Robert

26 July 1801

Morneau, Louis

22 April 1801

Papin, Louis

4 January 1798

Rock, Baptiste

13 July 1801

St. Onge, Jean Baptiste

14 August 1817

Verigny, Louis

19 June 1811

Collection de contrats d'engagement de Canadiens-français, 1801-1820 (MG 19 A51): Contracts for some French-Canadians working for various fur trade companies.

List of Names from the Collection de contrats d'engagement (MG 19 A51)

Names

Residence

Date

Ballard, Bapiste

Sorel

s.d.

Braudrier, Étienne

Montréal

19 May 1807

Croixeau, Baptiste

Récollets

6 July 1807

Forcier dit Augustin, Pierre (fils)

Sorel

s.d.

Généreux, Pierre

Rivière du Loup

21 March 1801

Gileau, Baptiste

Maska

9 March 1808

Julie, Jacques

Beaucherville

s.d.

Lantier, Louis

St. Eustache

21 April 1802

Longeuil, Joseph

Montréal

11 July 1806

Monmarquier, Pierre

St-Laurent

19 May 1807

Nadeau, Joseph

Montréal

18 August 1807

Parisien, Hyacinthe

Isle Perrault

15 September 1800

Poitras, Jean Bte

Montréal

30 April 1808

Ermatinger Estate Fonds (MG 19 A2): Contracts for "voyageurs" in western Canada, 1773-1780 (vol. 2, 170 pp., not indexed).

Quebec, Lower Canada and Canada East: Applications for Licences (RG 4 B28): Includes bonds and licences for the fur trade, 1763-1790 (vols. 110-115, microfilm reels H-1096 to H-1098, not indexed).

In Quebec, private agreements were made between companies or merchants and men to do fur trading and were ratified in a notarial record. Those records are entitled "Engagement."

Example of an Abstract

28 05 1694 (1692-1716) [Chambalon, L.] (Qc)

Engagement en qualité de voyageur de Simon Barbot dit Laforest, voyageur, de la ville de Quebec, à Marie Nolan et Louis de Laporte de Louvigny, écuyer, capitaine d'une compagnie des troupes du détachement de la Marine et commandant du fort de Buade à Michillimakinac.

External Links to Other Institutions

Published Sources

  • Dictionnaire historique des Canadiens et des Métis français de l'Ouest by A.G. Morice, 1912. (AMICUS 2465626)
  • "Répertoire des engagements pour l'Ouest conservés dans les archives judiciaires de Montréal" by E.Z. Massicotte in Rapport de l'Archiviste de la Province de Québec, 1929-1932. (AMICUS 3494796)
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