Chouart Dit Des Groseilliers Medard

Born in France about 1621.

Came to Canada, 1642. After serving the Jesuits for some years as a

donne, or lay helper, engaged in the fur trade, and with his

brother-in-law Radisson (q.v.) made extensive explorations in the West

and North, 1659-1663. With Radisson afterwards went to England and was

instrumental in establishing the Hudson's Bay Company, and laying the

foundations of its gigantic fur trading monopoly on the shores of Hudson

Bay. =Bib.=: Dionne, Chouart et Radisson (R. S. C., 1893); Sulte,

Radisson in the North-West (R. S. C., 1904); Sulte, Decouverte du

Mississippi (R. S. C., 1903); Bryce, Hudson's Bay Company; Laut,

Pathfinders of the West and Conquest of the Great North-West.