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Heroine of Acadia
Françoise Marie Jacquelin: the defender of Fort La Tour



    She was called the heroine of Acadia caught in the power struggle between two warring governors that reached its climax in a battle at Fort La Tour in what is now Saint John in April, 1645. Her name was Françoise Marie Jacquelin and her husband was Charles de Saint-Étienne de La Tour, a personable underdog who had fought to preserve the colony of Acadia through many adversities. His rival, Charles de Menou, Sieur d'Aulnay, was an astute and capable aristocrat, cousin of France's chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu.

    Learning that La Tour was away, leaving Françoise in charge of the small Saint John garrison, d'Aulnay attacked in force. Late in the afternoon of April 16, 1645 - Easter Day - d'Aulnay withdrew his forces for a time beyond artillery range. Glad of the respite, Françoise ordered her embattled men to rest.

   This article was taken from The New Brunswick Reader April 10/99






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