A 19TH Century Canadian Time Capsule

Oddly, Bostonians didn’t join with LaTour to oppose Charnise’ – instead, they sent Charnise’ presents to appease his anger and remained at peace with him. Eventually, Charnise’ learned that Madame de LaTour was again at the St. John fort with a small garrison. With so few men to fight for her, he was sure to take the fort. To his surprise the defense was so well managed that after three days of fighting he was forced to retreat to a safe distance.

A Swiss man in the fort was bribed to show Charnise’s men how to get into the fort. With Charnise’s men as

cending the wall, Madame LaTour went boldly to fight with them.

Charnise’ felt a second defeat against this woman was likely, and he couldn’t bear such disgrace that he called for her surrender on the promise that he’d spare the lives of the brave men who had assisted her defense.

When he entered the fort and found such a small group of men, he was furious that he had signed such a treaty. He then ordered all but one man to be hung, on the condition that the one hang his fellow men. He put a halter around Madame LaTour’s neck and forced her to watch the hanging.

She apparently died of grief shortly after this incident. LaTour was poor as a result of this conquest, and doubted he’d ever regain his possessions. Some compassionate Bostonians provided him with a vessel with which he could trade with the Natives. He was not very grateful for this kindness, if it is true, as some say, that he put the English, who were in charge of the vessel, on shore, in an uninhabited part of the coast.”

Lucky for these Englishmen, after 15 days they met with some Natives who provided them with a boat and pilot. LaTour went to Hudson’s Bay to trade with the Natives until he heard of the death of Charnise’. He returned to Nova Scotia and married Charnise’s widow.

when Oliver Cromwell, who was then Protector of England, sent out a force, to which LaTour and the others were equally obliged to submit.”

The title Protector of England was declared by Cromwell in 1653. Despite earlier opposition to his father against England, LaTour was now content with English rule over Nova Scotia since France had not treated him so well. He went to England, was well received by Cromwell, and reinstated in his Nova Scotia possessions…”

After 1653: Expecting more changes in the instability of the new world, LaTour sold his lands to Sir Thomas Temple. As Governor of Nova Scotia, Temple spent a lot of money fortifying several places, but as often was done with this country – the King of England gave it to the French.