"Great Carrying Place" Grand Portage by yooperprof

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"The Grand Portage, or Great Carrying Place, was a key 18th century link between the Pigeon River and Lake Superior, making it a vital connection between Montreal and the rich fur-bearing lands far to the northwest. Travelled for centuries before by Native peoples, gthe 8.5 mile portage bypassed the unnavigable rapids and waterfalls on the lower 21 miles of the Pigeon River. Beginning about 1731, thousands of tons of furs and trade goods were carried across the Grand Portage on the backs of voyageurs. Each summer a grand Rendezvous was held on these grounds near Lake Superior. Most of the trade here was over by 1803, but use of the portage is still covered by an 1842 treaty."

Just because they were out of the edge of the northwoods doesn't mean that the leaders and directors of the North West Company would settle for common foods in humble surroundings. Every summer, the leaders of the great trading company would come out here from civilized Montreal to help supervise the trade. (Many of them were actually Scotsmen from the Old World.) When they dined together in the great hall, they enjoyed elegant foods with fine linens and china.

This is one of the fur storage barns at the Grand Portage site. If you look closely, you may notice it flying the red Northwest Company flag.

  • Last visit to Grand Portage: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 21, 2005
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