Gabriel Franchère

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Gabriel Franchère

Gabriel Franchère (1786–1863) was a French Canadian author and explorer of the Pacific Northwest.

Franchère was a native of Montreal and joined the Astor Expedition as merchant's apprentice, arriving at Fort Astoria on the Tonquin.[1] After Astoria was sold to the North West Company, Franchère returned to Montreal overland in 1814. He was employed for a time by John Jacob Astor in Montreal.[1] He wrote Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America,[1] which was published in 1851. Originally written in French, the untranslated version was one of Washington Irving's sources for his book Astoria.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Cogswell, Philip Jr. (1977). Capitol Names: Individuals Woven Into Oregon's History. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society. p. 26. 

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