Quesnel, Jules-Maurice

QUESNEL, Jules-Maurice, fur trader (b 25 Oct 1786, Montreal; d 20 May 1842, Montreal). After joining the NORTH WEST CO, he served at different posts in Alberta before coming to NEW CALEDONIA in 1807. He accompanied Simon FRASER on his expedition down the FRASER R to its mouth in 1808. The town of QUESNEL, the river and the lake are named for him. He remained in New Caledonia for 3 years although he disliked the country: "there is nothing to be had but misery and boredom," he wrote. After...

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