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settlements on the St. Lawrence and those in Acadia. But neither of these ideas bore fruit. He also sent explorers to seek an overland route to Hudson Bay. Mean-while the fur traders and missionaries were pushing their way westward, and in 1671 the French formally took possession of the region cf the Great Lakes, planting a cross at Sault Ste. Marie.
Talon was eager to send explorers farther into the wilds, but his health failed, and in 1672 he returned to France. De Courcelle, with whom he had always been on good terms, left Canada at the same time.