Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre: Officer, Gentleman, Entrepeneur

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Joseph L. Peyser
Michigan State University Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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The documentary biography of Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre, an officer in the Troupes de la Marine, who served throughout New France, sheds new light on the business activity of French colonial officers stationed in the West. Many of the more than one hundred previously untranslated documents in Jacques Legardeur de Saint-Pierre demonstrate the extent and profitability of Saint-Pierre's pursuit of business activities while he was performing official duties in eighteenth-century French North America. The quest for profit permeated Saint-Pierre's career, particularly his command of the Western Sea Post after he succeeded the fabled Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Verendrye in 1750. Saint-Pierre and his secret partners Governor-General Jacques-Pierre de Taffanel de La Jonquiere, Intendant Francois Bigot, and Meret, secretary to La Jonquiere, used their positions to engage in extensive trade, especially in brandy, with the Cree and Assiniboine northwest of Lake Superior. Saint-Pierre's activities provide fresh insights into the North American fur trade.

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Joseph L. Peyser was Professor Emeritus of French at Indiana University South Bend. Peyser published edited translations of important documents, many of which had long escaped researcher's attention, as well as studies of French exploration and settlement, of French-Native relations, and of French cartography.

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