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Title Memoire sur la colonie de Quebec, Plaisance, Gaspé et Cap Breton [manuscript]
Author Dubois Davaugour, Pierre (d.1664)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Ms. copy of a letter, dated Aug. 4, 1663 in Gaspé, Québec, from Baron Pierre Dubois d’Avaugour, governor of Canada, to the French minister Jean Baptiste Colbert. D’Avaugour presents his assessment of the strategic importance of Québec, and recommends that the king send troops and money immediately to fortify the post and firmly establish the French presence in Canada. The governor advises the king not to draw any attention to the French settlements in Plaisance, Gaspé, and Cape Breton, so as not to arouse the jealousy of the English and the Dutch. He also suggests the political advantage of exaggerating more than ever the cruelties of the Iroquois to better conceal France’s imperialist designs.
Names Colbert, Jean Baptiste
Places Québec, Plaisance, Gaspé, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Keywords military, armed forces, army, France, colonial forces, colonialism
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Subarctic
Language French
Additional Information Transcribed between 1850 and 1860 by French historian Pierre Margry from original documents in the Archives de la marine et des colonies in Paris. Extensive marginal ms. annotations throughout the letter in red ink and pencil in a different hand.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 43
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue