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PERROT, Nicholas, French explorer, born in France early in the 17th century; died after 1697. He received a good education, and, coming to Canada, rendered great services to the government of that country. He went at an early period to the Indian country, and learned the Algonquin languages. On returning to Quebec in 1665 with a party of Ottawas, he accompanied Daumont de St. Lusson to the Falls of St. Mary as interpreter. In 1684 he was employed by Lefebvre de la Barre in bringing the western tribes to his assistance against the Iroquois, and in 1687 he did the like service for the Marquis de Denonville. He was several years Indian agent, and in 1697 was on the point of being burned by the Miamis, and saved only by the Outagamis, by whom he was much beloved. Under Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil, he was interpreter, and addressed to him a memoir respecting the western country. He discovered the lead-mines on the Des Moines river, Iowa, had a fort on Lake Pepin, had travelled over most of New France, and left an interesting manuscript account of the manners and customs of the Indians, from which M. de la Potherie borrowed largely for his "Histoire de l'Amerique." Charlevoix also acknowledges indebtedness to him.
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