Le lac superieur the French called it, meaning only that geographically it lay above Lake Huron. In size however, Lake Superior stands above all other fresh water lakes in the world. The intrepid Frenchman Brule discovered it around 1622. During the 1650's and 1660's French fur traders such as Radisson and Groseilliers, and Jesuits, such as Fathers Allouez and Menard explored this great inland sea. Within 250 years, fur-laden canoes had given way to huge boats carrying ore and grain to the world.