A 19TH Century Canadian Time Capsule

A year later, Claude de La Tour joined some Scotch emigrants who were at Port Royal, and soon after that, Sir William Alexander gave him his title to the whole of Nova Scotia.” Alexander was discouraged by the harsh winter that had killed so many people, and the expense attending the colony.
Following a war between King Charles the First of England and the King of France, not only did he return Canada to the French after his armies had taken it, but also gave them Nova Scotia. No further mention is made of Claude de La Tour; however, his son – Charles Etienne LaTour received large grants of land from the French.

Another Frenchman, named Charnise’ was awarded the lands farther to the west in what is now Maine. Quarrels were quite vigorous between the two Frenchmen, and Charnise’ had written to the King of France representing LaTour as a troublesome man.

King Louis XIII gave Charnise’ permission to arrest LaTour and to send him to France. Charnise’ approached the English in Boston to assist him, but they didn’t follow through on their promise to aid his effort.

During this time, Madame LaTour was in England on business. Planning to return to her home on the River St. John, she hired a vessel that unfortunately took her first to the St. Lawrence where the captain stayed at length to trade with the Natives, then he went to Boston where he left her on shore. Eventually, she found her way back to the fort. Charnise’ had heard that she was in the fort – and her husband was away, so he decided to attack. To his surprise, she defended the fort so well that Charnise’s vessel was seriously damaged, 20 men were killed, and many others wounded. He had no choice but to retreat from the attack.
His ire was up, and when he heard that Boston had dealt with the La Tours he put sailors that he had taken from a vessel belonging to Massachusetts,  on an island, took away their clothes and left them as prisoners for six days.