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Charles Albanel

Charles Albanel (1616-1696) was a French missionary explorer in Canada,and Jesuit priest. In 1649, he arrived in Canada, at Tadoussac, At the time when the Hudson's Bay Company was beginning operations, he was a leader of a French party that went by the Saguenay River, Mistassini Lake, and the Rupert River to Hudson Bay claiming the region for France. On another journey there he was captured in 1674 by the English and taken to England. After returning in 1676 to Canada, he served at missions in western Canada and died at Sault Saint Marie.