"Return to the world of the Voyaguer" Grand Portage National Monument by Toughluck

As early as 2,000 years ago, Indian Nations probably used Kitchi Onigaming ?the Great Carrying Place? to travel from summer homes on Lake Superior to winter hunting grounds in the interior of Minnesota and Ontario. In 1729 Cree guide Auchagah drew a map for some of the first French fur traders showing them how to reach the "western sea" of Lake Winnipeg. Other Europeans would follow, in time, Grand Portage became the gateway into rich northern fur bearing country connecting remote interior outposts to lucrative international markets.

In mid-July 1802, partners of the most successful fur trade company in North America, the North West Company, met in the Great Hall at Grand Portage and voted to move their summer headquarters from these shores of Lake Superior 50 miles north to the mouth of the Kaministquia River. The 18 buildings constructed from native squared spruce, pine and birch and over 2,000 cedar pickets surrounding them would be torn down, transported north in company schooners and used in constructing the new Fort William far from U.S. soil.

End you voyage on the North Shore Scenic Drive
in Grand Portage by visiting the historic fur trade post.

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  • Last visit to Grand Portage National Monument: Aug 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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