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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice-Régis Blondeau (1734-1809)

Fur trader.

Born in Montreal, he entered the fur trade in the 1750s and headed for the pays d’en haut in 1769. By 1770 he was working in the area south of Lake Winnipeg, and he later went into partnership with James McGill and others to mount a major trade to Grand Portage. He received a seigneury on the St. Lawrence River in 1773. In 1785 he was one of the founders of the Beaver Club in Montreal, and he was an active reformer in the 1780s in Quebec.

More information:

Maurice-Régis Blondeau, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 31 January 2008

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