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Olivier Morel de La Durantaye

Oliver Morel de La Durantaye (17 February 1640 – 28 September 1716) was an Officer of New France.[1] Born in Notre Dame du Gaure, Nantes, France, he served as commandant of Fort Michilimackinac, in what is now Michigan, from 1683 to 1690.[1] In 1684 he traveled to Fort St. Louis to assist Henri de Tonty against the Iroquois, and it is thought that during this journey he constructed a temporary fort that Tonty visited in the winter of 1685/1686, and later referred to as the Fort of Chicagou.[2]


  1. ^ a b Weilbrenner, Bernard (1979) [1969]. "Morel de La Durantaye, Olivier". In Hayne, David (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. II (1701–1740) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. ^ Andreas, Alfred Theodore (1884). History of Chicago. Chicago: A.T. Andreas. p. 65.