La Vérendrye, Jean-Baptiste Gaultier de
Jean-Baptiste Gaultier de La Vérendrye, fur trader, explorer (b on Ile Dupas 3 Sept 1713; d at Lac des Bois [Lake of the Woods] 6 June 1736). He was the eldest son of Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de LA VÉRENDRYE. In 1731 he was a member of the first group to head west under his father's command. In autumn 1731 he completed the building of Ft Saint-Pierre at Rainy Lake. In spring 1733 he travelled as far as the Winnipeg R and built a small fort there. In Jan 1734 he was left by his father among the Cree, who adopted him as one of theirs. He built the first Fort Maurepas (about 10 km N of present-day Selkirk, Man) on Red River in 1734 and remained there until 1735. He spent the winter of 1735-36 at Ft Saint-Charles and on June 5 left with Father Aulneau and 19 others to fetch provisions at Michilimakinac. The party was surprised by Sioux warriors and all killed on a small island in Lake of the Woods. The bodies were found on June 20 and taken for burial to Ft Saint-Charles.