From: Ontario Historical Society article…excerpts from page 132 – 134+
LAST OFFICIAL REPORT ON THE FRENCH POSTS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF NORTH AMERICA
By: The Honourable William Renwick Riddell, L.L.D., D.C.L., Etc.
The “Bulletin” found a copy of the document in the Public Archives of Canada at Ottawa.
- “It was published at Paris in Les Archives de la Marine. It is destitute of signature, date and address; and the author, date, occasion and purpose are all equally unknown.”
(They are guessing the date of circa 1763, after the Treaty of Paris)
Of interest to Nipigon history are these five posts…
Is a Post dependent upon Temiskamingue; it is a hundred and twenty leagues towards Hudson’s Bay – there may be a hundred men in these two Posts who do not cultivate the soil, who have no village and who live by the chase and fishing. The whole country is mountainous and but little fertile.
There come from this Post annually about a hundred and twenty bales of beaver, sable, otter, porcupine carcajou, lynx and cariboo.
LE SAULT STE-MARIE
A Fort of piles situate on the strait leading from Lake Superior to Lake Huron. This Post was established in 1750, and, to encourage the establishment, the King granted the trade to the Commandant gratis – there is a fee of three hundred livres taken for Michilimakinac upon which this Post depends.
The Saulteux do their trading there – there come from it about a hundred bales annually.
A privileged Post situated on the north-east of Lake Superior – the Saulteux come there to trade – it supplies fifty to sixty bales.
Post established to the north of Lake Superior, which comprehends the Lake a la Carpe, situated still further to the north. The Commandant is the concessionaire, paying three thousand livres: the Indians who come there to trade are the Saulteux, and from it come annually from eighty to one hundred bales.
Or Three Rivers, a Post situated to the north-west of Lake Superior, farmed out of four thousand livres until 1758 – now there are neither presents nor licensees.The Saulteux still trade at this Post from which come annually from sixty to seventy bales