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1637, Dec 101710, Sep 22
Governor General of New France from 1685 to 1689 and was a key figure in the Beaver Wars. Replacing Joseph Antoine de LaBarre in 1685, he arrived in New France on 1 August 1685.[1] Denonville set out to make King Louis XIV proud. The Iroquois Confederacy had been a nuisance for half a century, hampering New France's efforts to establish itself as a profitable colony. Although France and England were at peace, in June 1686, Denonville sent Sieur de Troyes north from Montreal with a hundred men (most likely the French Marines in Canada, to capture the English fur trading posts on Hudson Bay. The victory was swift and profitable; word of the French attack would not reach the English for months.
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