I'm still somewhat of a beginner to the history of New France, so apologies in advance for my ignorance. First question, how far west (prior to 1763) had the French reached in North America? Looking at this map, it seems that the westernmost French forts during this period would have been Fort La Biche and Fort La Jonquiere. I have heard of the La Verendrye brothers and their expedition during the 1740s which took them within sight of the Rockies; were there any expeditions from these forts (or elsewhere) that penetrated farther westward before the end of New France? Also, is there any demographic info from any of the westernmost French forts which has survived? I'd be very curious to know anything about what sort of people, and how many, came out to inhabit those fringe outposts, as well as any records which might have survived of their daily lives.