Étienne Brûlé – the original Coureur de bois

Our latest episode is on Étienne Brûlé - a Frenchman who would become the most famous of the Coureur de bois - or "Runner of woods." In the early 1600s, he would be critical in exploring lands around the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, becoming the first man to visit Lake Superior and Lake … Continue reading Étienne Brûlé – the original Coureur de bois

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – Part 2

In the final chapter on Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the soldier and three survivors of the ill-fated Narvaez Expedition set out on a 2,500 mile trek across the America southwest and northern Mexico in a bid to return to Spanish territory. The march would be one of the greatest journeys of survival - as well as … Continue reading Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – Part 2

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – Part 1

In 1528, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca would wash up on the shores of modern-day Texas - a survivor of the ill-fated Narváez expedition. His story is really not one of exploration - but of survival - as he would spend eight years living and traveling the southwest of the United States and northern Mexico. It … Continue reading Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – Part 1