Myth #2

The most common cause of death among voyageurs was hernia.


Fact: In my reading of fur trade journals from the height of the voyageur era (1774-1821), I haven't found a single death attributable to strangulated hernia (rupture), and only two cases of illness.

Most voyageur deaths were due to drowning and starvation.

Your humble & obedient servant,

Angela Gottfred

Editor, Northwest Journal

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