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Hunting and trading in Détroit during its first three years: The Compagnie de la Colonie hired Louis Babie to act as a hunter in Détroit. In a November 1703 investigation regarding illegal trading in Détroit, Babie testified that none of the men hired in 1701, 1702, and 1703 were permitted to trade for their own profit, although they were permitted to store furs that they had obtained through their own hunting in the warehouse in the fort. The profits from the transportation of these furs and their eventual sale would be shared equally by the voyageur and the King (for those hired in 1701), or the Compagnie de la Colonie (for those hired in 1702 and 1703). He also reported that the hunters had to go about 40 leagues (approximately 120 miles) to hunt. For additional details regarding his testimony, see Suzanne Boivin Sommerville’s article Who was the Anonymous Wet Nurse for one Lamothe Cadillac’s Children? on our Early Detroit (1701-1710) Chart Program Page.
Cornelius Krieghoff circa 1856 watercolor - Hunter with Gun and Pack Across Back - Available from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search/arch_adv), Mikan #2836639
See the left column for a discussion regarding hunting and trading in Détroit during its first three years.