Academic journal article Manitoba History

Fort Rouge Celebrates 275 Years

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Fort Rouge Celebrates 275 Years

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Few events in Manitoba's history are older than the founding of Fort Rouge on the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in 1738.

This fall, celebrations continue in honour of the 275th year since French explorer La Verendrye arrived and established Fort Rouge in his quest to discover new territories and a route to the Western Sea. Together with 50 men and a small company of colonial soldiers, La Verendrye travelled 70-80 days by canoe from Montreal opening forts along the way that served as shelters and depots for trade goods.

During Culture Days in Manitoba at the end of September, the Compagnie de la Verendrye--a francophone group in St. Boniface--re-enacted La Verendrye's arrival and meeting with Cree leaders. The group also unveiled an interpretive panel on the pedestrian bridge over the Assiniboine River, and introduced a small self-guided trail that leads to La Verendrye monuments in St. Boniface.

Other events included a Baroque "rendezvous" on 25-27 October featuring a Baroque concert and dancing at Eglise Precieux-Sang on 25 October. …

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