Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont Sam lopez

Life Before Traveling to North America

Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont was born in 1679 in a small town named Cerisy-Belle-Étoile located in Normandy, France. Much was not known about his early life however, people do know that he was arrested as a teen for poaching on the grounds of a local monastery, he did not pay the fine which led to him fleeing to North America.

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Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont fled to North America and was enlisted as a soldier in 1702. He became the commander of Fort Ponchartrain in 1706. He then went on to explore Kansas and other regions yet to be explored in hopes of finding fur and lumber which could help make the French more successful in that market.

What did they find?

When he finally arrived in Kansas he found many groups of indigenous people living in the area, this was good for the French because they could trade with the people for the goods they wanted, like fur. The French gave the indigenous groups many luxuries such as cloth, knives, combs, and beads in exchange for fur and peace when passing through the area.

What interactions did he have with the indigenous people?

Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont had many interacts with the indigenous people of Kansas, mostly to obtain the goods they wanted. He traded with the many groups, and through trading built up good relations and strong alliances with the indigenous groups.

Did Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont's exploration have any wider implications for the region?

A wider implication that came from his exploration was gaining more land for the French. They did not join the exploration race when Spain and England had, so when they joined in they wanted to gain land was a way to grow their nation and to gain resources.

Works cited

Bourgmont, E.V. de. "Routte qu’il faut tenir pour remonter la riviere de Missoury" 1714.


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