Stephen Bonga

 

 

Stephen Bonga was the son of a Jamaican voyageur and an Ojibwe woman.   Like his father Pierre, Stephen was active in the fur trade and at one point was in charge of a fur trade post on Basswood Lake for the American Fur Company sometime between 1827 and 1833.   One tale recounted around a voyageur's campfire told of one of the Bonga brothers' carrying eight packs across a portage.   As each pack was 90 pounds in weight, it was likely a tall tale indeed.   Today, the Bonga's are remembered on the Superior National Forest by Bonga Lake located on the Laurentian Ranger District.

Additinoal information on Stephen Bonga can be found at the following link: www.nps.gov/untold/banners_and_backgrounds/adventurbanner/adventurestories/bonga.htm





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