Kelsey, Henry(kĕl`sē), c.1670–1729, English fur trader and explorer in Canada. He entered the service of the Hudson's Bay CompanyHudson's Bay Company,
corporation chartered (1670) by Charles II of England for the purpose of trade and settlement in the Hudson Bay region of North America and for exploration toward the discovery of the Northwest Passage to Asia.
..... Click the link for more information. in 1684. He was sent (1689) inland to secure trade with aboriginal peoples and later (1691–92) made his much disputed journey into W Canada; some say he went southwest, but evidence points to his being west of Churchill in the region of Reindeer Lake. He was present when York Factory was surrendered to the sieur d'IbervilleIberville, Pierre le Moyne, sieur d'
, 1661–1706, French Canadian naval officer, founder of the French territory of Louisiana, b. Ville Marie (in present Montreal), Canada; son of Charles le Moyne, sieur de Longueuil, and brother of Jean Baptiste le Moyne, sieur de
..... Click the link for more information. in 1694 and in 1697. He then served the company in a number of different posts. He returned to the Hudson's Bay region (1714) and served as second in command (1714–17), as governor of York (1717–18), and as governor of all the company's forts in the region (1718–22). He was replaced as governor in 1722 and returned to England. In 1719 he commanded an expedition to explore the northwest coast of Hudson Bay.
See A. G. Doughty and C. Martin, ed., The Kelsey Papers (1929).