Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
March 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Pierre Joseph Céloron de Bienville


Céloron de Blainville, Pierre Joseph (1693-1759), soldier, was born at Montreal on December 29, 1693, to eldest son of Jean Baptiste Céloron de Blainville and Hélène Picoté de Belestre. He was commandant successively at Michilimackinac, at Detroit , at Niagara, and again at Detroit. In 1749 he took possession of the valley of the Ohio, in the name of the king, of France. He died at Montreal on April 12, 1759. In 1741 he was made a chevalier de St. Louis. His journal of the expedition to the Ohio valley has been published in P. Margry, Mémoires et documents (6 vols., Paris, 1879-88). See P. G. Roy, La famille Céloron de Blainville (Bull. rech. hist., 1909), C. B. Galbraith, The Expedition of Céloron (Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, 1920), A. A. Lambing, Céloron's Journal (Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, 1920), and G. A. Wood, Céloron de Blainville and French expansion in the Ohio valley (Mississippi Valley Historical Review, 1923).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 19.


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