Locking a trade route, unlocking global power

Joliet 1674

Locking a trade route, unlocking global power

Infamously, Joliet would recount the failed voyage as a discovery of strategic importance in terms of commercial and military advantage. A short canal would secure French control over a strategic choking point in a global trade route: the “key to the continent”.

Louis Joliet – Nouvelle decouverte de plusieurs nations dans la Nouvelle France en l’année 1673 et 1674.
Original was published in the Jesuit Relations in 1674.

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