Lake Superior Project

LSProject: Who was Espagnol?

Grand Portage and Grand Marais were once fur trade posts, and the journals of several fur trade clerks mention an Anishinaabe tribal leader named Espagnol. In this edition of WTIP’s ongoing series, The Lake Superior Project, author Tim Cochrane talks with producer Martha Marnocha about what is known about Espagnol.

More information about Espagnol and the fur trade history of our area can be found in Tim Cochrane’s book Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais – Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade, published by the University of Minnesota Press.