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80   CANADIAN HISTORY 1:'OR BOYS AND GIRLS.

and misfortune dogged his steps. In 1736 his nephew died, his whole company was threatened with starvation, and his eldest son and a party of other Frenchmen, who had gone to obtain assistance, were treacherously murdered by the Sioux. With all his toils, La Verendrye never reached the western ocean, nor did his sons, though they, it is said, penetrated to the Rocky Mountains. On the other hand, the work of these bold ex-

EARLY VIEW OF FORT PRINCE OF WALES.

Near Fort Churchill, on the west shore of Hudson Bay, It was built by the Hudson's Bay Company, its construction (begun in 1743) being under the direction of Samuel Hearne, the noted explorer. Its massive stone walls were surmounted by forty-two cannon.

plorers was not all in vain. They opened new trade-routes, and built many trading-posts in the wilderness, including one on the site of the modern city of Winnipeg; and the king rewarded La Verendrye by bestowing upon him the Cross of the Order of St. Louis. With this exception, neither he nor his family received honour or profit for their services.,.

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