Arrival of Michel Boudrot - version 1

The following is a translation of text which comes for the web site of Yolande Lacharité. It tells the story of Michel Boudrot's arrival in Acadie:

On June 20, 1632, two sailships, the SAINT JEAN (250 tons) and the L'ESPÉRANCE-EN-DIEU, sailed from la Rochelle, in Aunis. They sail towards the port of diary in Brittany where a third vessel joins them. In addition to the sailors making up the crew, there were Isaac de Razilly, a lieutenant, and his soldiers, six Capuchins, a dozen families, his cousin and lieutenant, Charles de Menou, sieur of Aulnay, Nicolas Denys, a merchant from la Rochelle and agent of the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France. Among the passengers is Michel Boudrot, a bachelor.

On July 23, 1632, the ships depart for Acadie. A fourth ship, originating from la Rochelle, joins them. After seven weeks at sea, on September 8, 1632, they arrive at the mouth of the La Hêve river (now La Have), on the south coast of the acadian peninsula, about 125 kilometers to the east of Fort Saint-Louys. Razilly decides to found a settlement there rather than at Port-Royal. He names it Fort SAINTE-MARIE-DE-GRACE.

They start construction immediately. They build a fort, a house for Razilly, a store, a chapel, a monastery, dwellings for the families, a house for the bachelors and shelter for the animals.

In 1636 after the death of Isaac de Razilly, his lieutenant Charles de Menou, siour of d'Aulnay, succeeds him as Governor of part of Acadie. He decides to move the colony to Port-Royal since the cultivatable land was rare and of poor quality where they had settled.
Rather than build at Port-Royal, they settle about ten kilometers to the east, where Annapolis Royal is today.

They begin the construction of the fort, some homes and the embarcations.
Having finished the major part of the construction in the spring of 1637, many of the tradesmen returned to France. Many of the bachelor took the opportunity to return as well. It would appear that Michel Boudrot returned to France during that time.
Born in 1601, possibly in Cougnes in the diocese of la Rochelle, Michel Boudrot married Michelle Aucoin (The Aucoin family are from Cougnes) around 1641 before leaving for Acadie where he arrives in 1642.

Michel Boudrot was Advisor and Lieutenant in Acadie. In a document dated October 15, 1687, he describes some of the work completed in Acadie up to then.
"We, Michel Boudrot, Lieutenant-General in Acadie, with the older settlers of the land, certify that the deceased mister d'Aunay Charnisay, formerly the King's Governor of the coast of Acadie, constructed three forts along this coast; the first one at Pentagouêt, the second at the Saint-Jean River (in 1645 only), and the third at Port-Royal; these forts were well supplied with all the canons and munitions required! There are three hundred regular men to defend these forts.

"We certify also that the late d'Aulnay Charnisay ordered the construction of two mills; one was powered by water, the other by wind power and he ordered that they build at Port-Royal five pinasses, several dories, and two small ships of seventy tons each. As well as two farms or manors and associated buildings; houses as well as barns and stables(...)
We certify that the above is true as we have seen this; we have signed this in good faith at Port-Royal on October 15, 1687, in the presence of Mr. de Menneval, King's Governor of all of Acadie, and Mr. Petit, Grand Vicar for the Grand Bishop of Québec, and the vicar of this place Port-Royal.

Also having signed; Mr. Boudrot, Lieutenant-Governor ; François Gaunizzot (Gautherot) Bourgeois ; Pierre Martin ; Mathieu Martin ; Claude Tériot ; d'Entremont, King's prosecutor.
Also marked by : Antoine Bourg, Pierre Bouet (Doucet), Denis (Daniel) LeBlanc ; Abraham Dugast."