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Vieau, Jacques

Born in Montreal, Canada, Jacques Vieau [Vieux] was French-Canadian fur trader. In 1776, he moved to Mackinac Island and became clerk for the North West Fur Company. From his post, he traded at La Pointe and Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1795, North West appointed him as an agent to establish trading posts along the west coast of Lake Michigan. He …

Vieux, Louis

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Louis Vieux was the son of noted trader Jacques Vieau and his Potawatomi wife, Angelique Roy. As a young boy, Louis worked with his father and brother, Jacques Jr., at their trading posts, developing an early skill for commerce that would lead to success later in life. In 1832, Louis married Shanote, the daughter of a …