One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Canada) a boatman employed by the fur companies to transport goods and passengers to and from the trading posts on the lakes and rivers.
- ‘Neither do we have a clear sense of how the everyday activities of the priests, voyageurs, habitants, military personnel, and their families were influenced by close interactions with Native groups on the frontier.’
- ‘To begin with, he sketches the canoe routes, touching on the fur trade and the penetration of the continent by the voyageurs.’
- ‘Natives and the 18th and 19th century French-Canadian traders known as voyageurs were also impressed; they left offerings of tobacco to the cliff.’
- ‘Scottish merchants used their transatlantic connections to drive Franco-American competitors from the market, but for the retail end of their commerce they relied on the same voyageurs as had their predecessors.’
- ‘The early voyageurs called their wool caps ‘tuques,’ and it never went away.’
French, literally ‘voyager’, from voyager ‘to travel’.
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