Thurs, Sept 24, 2015, 7 pm, at Montgomery’s Inn 4709 Dundas Street West: Find out if Étienne Brûlé went “From the Humber to the land of the Susquehanna in his historic journey of 1615.” Join Etobicoke Historical Society director and event organizer Hugh Barnett at the monthly EHS meeting, on a tour of some of the myths and facts surrounding Brûlé’s epic journey of 1615. Often credited with being the first European to visit the regions that now make up modern-day Toronto, a great deal of controversy persists today surrounding the actual route taken by Brûlé, French interpreter and fur trader, on his mission for Samuel de Champlain in the autumn of 1615. Did he actually travel the Tkaronto Portage, or Toronto Carrying Place Trail, along the Humber River to Lake Ontario, or did he in fact take a different, more westerly route, south to Lake Erie? Was he indeed the first European to visit modern-day Pennsylvania, traveling as far as the English settlement at Jamestown, or did he lie about the details of his journey to Champlain? What evidence do we have for his route today? Refreshments at 7 pm; the speaker begins at 7:30 pm. Montgomery’s Inn is at 4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue, 3 blocks north of the Islington Subway Station. www.etobicokehistorical.com/events
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