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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Claude Boucher de Niverville (1715-1804)


Born in Chambly, New France, he served as a cadet in the colonial regular troops and worked his way up the officer ranks. In 1750 he was one of a party led by Jacques Légardeur de Saint-Pierre to search for the “western sea.” The expedition left Montreal in 1750 and established bases at present-day Portage la Prairie and The Pas. He became ill at the latter base and did not manage to get further west. He left the region in the spring of 1753.

More information:

Joseph Claude Boucher de Niverville, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

Page revised: 1 February 2008

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