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Title Letters [manuscript]: Québec, from the marquis de Denonville, to M. Arnoul, Intendant de la Marine, Rochefort, [France] 1686 May 8-1686 Nov. 14
Author De Brisay, Jacques René (1637-1710)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Six letters, dated between May 8-Nov. 14, 1686 in Québec, from Jacques de Brisay, marquis de Denonville, and governor of New France, to Pierre Arnoul, intendant for the navy in Rochefort, France. Brisay’s letters discuss general and family news; the pillaging by the English along the coast of Grande Baye, and their dangerous alliances with the enemies of France; the potential value of fishing and whaling in Canada, as well as its valuable mineral resources of copper and lead; the enormous demand for beaver pelts; and shortages of liquor, tobacco, vinegar, bacon, and powder horns. Throughout his correspondence, Brisay stresses that French colonization will be successful only if the government takes more of an active interest in the development and defense of New France, and urges Arnoul to persuade the influential marquis de Seignelay, the secretary state for the navy under Louis XIV, to send money and troops. At the present time, the administration of the colony is in disarray. Brisay’s two letters of Nov. 10, 1686 contain his recommendation for the young cadet Bienville, nephew of Chambailé, who also comes recommended by Seignelay for the Compagnie des Cadets in Rochefort. The final letter of Nov. 14, 1686 informs Arnoul that a recent shipload of settlers and soldiers arrived in good condition, although those who were ill when they embarked from Rochefort will be sent back. He concludes with another plea for money and troops.
Names Arnoul, Pierre (1651-1719); Colbert, Marquis de Seignelay, Jean-Baptiste (1651-1690); Bienville
Places Québec, La Baie, Canada; Rochefort, France
Keywords New France, governor, navy, attack, war, European Powers, beaver, goods, commerce, fur trade, alcohol, colonialism, money
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Subarctic
Language French
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 134
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue