#4 - Voyageur, 17th and 18th Cs.

Voyageurs were men hired especially to paddle the canoes and work on the long river trips that the fur traders, explorers and missionaries undertook. Most of these men were French Canadians, many of them familiar with the river ways and the frontier.
Julian Coryer, great great great grandfather of our sponsor, Patrick Leamy traveled as a voyageur for the Hudson Bay Company from New England through the great lakes and on the Fox and Wisconsin rivers to Prairie du Chien, down the Mississippi River, up the Missouri River and finally back to settle in Prairie du Chien during the early part of the 19th century. (Dedicated May 30, 2009)