Charles de St-Étienne de la Tour commission

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Charles de St-Étienne de la Tour commission

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Description

The parchment contains a commission signed by Louis XIV appointing Charles de St-Étienne de la Tour governor and lieutenant-general of Acadia. The parchment still has a wax seal (no longer legible) attached by what appear to be silk threads.

This commission was issued by Louis XIV, King of France, in 1651. It not only appoints Charles de Saint-Étienne de la Tour governor and lieutenant-general of the French colony of Acadia, but more importantly it confirms an earlier appointment for those positions made by Louis XVI’s father, Louis XIII, in 1631. It also exonerates La Tour for his actions during the civil strife in Acadia between 1635 and 1645, and it goes further to criticize La Tour’s rival d’Aulnay for having prevented La Tour from exercising his lawful authority by favoring “enemies and accusations and suppositions that were not able to be verified and of which the said Saint-Étienne was absolved on the sixteenth of February last” (nine days prior to the issuance of the commission).

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Language

fr

Type

Commission

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Citation

Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715, “Charles de St-Étienne de la Tour commission,” Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain: Beta, accessed December 3, 2023, http://beta.francoamericanportal.org/items/show/8.

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