• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - present day

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

Repentigny 1721-1786

 

Louis de Repentigny was a French military commander.

 

As a reward for his service the king of France gave Louis Sault Ste. Marie!

 

There was one condition though. Repentigny had to have buildings completed within two years.

 

Unfortunately for Louis, war broke out between France and Britain shortly after his fort was built and once he left to fight, he never returned to Sault Ste. Marie.

 

The man who worked with him to build the fort, Jean Baptiste Cadotte, stayed on at Sault Ste. Marie and his Métis descendants became legendary fur traders all around Lake Superior.

 

Do you think there was any problem with the king of France giving away Sault Ste. Marie to Louis de Repentigny? Should the king have asked anyone else first?

 

Do you think that is Louis' real hair? Would you wear a fancy wig if it was considered fashionable?

 

Why is it that what looks really cool for one generation looks so strange to the next generation?

 

Do you think there anything people do today to make themselves fashionable that will look funny to future generations? Give some examples.

 

Courtesy of the River of History Museum, Sault Ste. Marie, MI