Merchant and jack-of-all-trades

Almost 200 people lived in Montréal when Jacques Le Ber arrived in 1657. He married Jeanne Le Moyne, sister of Charles Le Moyne, and became his brother-in-law’s partner, who already enjoyed a high status. Living side by side on rue Saint-Paul, in the heart of the business district, they became leaders in the fur trade. Flaunting the rules, they even traded with the English of Albany. Le Ber had wide-ranging interests and his network diversified. He was active in the cod fishery and commercial shipping, he owned land in Lachine , Québec City , Montréal and a large tract of farmland on île Saint-Paul. He was named "seigneur" of Senneville. Wealthy and influential, he was also a staunch defender of the colony during the wars with the Iroquois. In 1696, Le Ber purchased a letter of nobility from the King, giving him the title of esquire.
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