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The Voyageur's Paddle

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The Voyageur's Paddle by Kathy-Jo Wargin, Illustrated by David Geister (Sleeping Bear Press, 2007).

Location: Conservation Park, August 14-September 1.

Jacques dreams of the day he will hold a canoe paddle and travel the Great Lakes and rivers of the French colonial north woods.

In 1691, A similar French fort was established on the St. Joseph River near Niles. A garrison of 10 soldiers, a commander, a blacksmith, a Catholic priest, interpreter, and 15 additional households made Fort St. Joseph an important fur trading post until the British took over the fort after the French and Indian War.

To read the book again:

Epic Books eBook

To learn more, about what's behind the story in the book, follow these links:

WNIT Fur Trade Barter Game

Fort St. Joseph Museum, Niles, MI

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project


-Birch Bark Canoes

-Fur Trade

-The Fur Trade (pamphlet)

-Getting Around in 17th & 18th Century New France

-The St. Joseph River: Lifeline of Native Peoples

-Traversing the St. Joseph River


Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Facebook Page

Fort Michilimackinac

Dressing a French Canadian Voyageur (video)

Other Area Events Celebrating the St. Joe

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