Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Father of Hundreds Takes 12 Year Old Bride

Samuel_de_Champlain (1567-1635), probably afte...
Samuel_de_Champlain (1567-1635), probably after a portrait by Moncornet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samuel de Champlain was the Father of New France.

Figuratively speaking.

 Literally he never comingled with a female person to produce an offspring.

But he really did marry a twelve year old girl.

 When he was forty-three.


 She was very rich and her name was Hélène Boullé.

 He  managed to entice her to join him in the New world; even named Isle Ste Hélène in the St. Lawrence River for her.  

 But  Paris was evidently preferable to Quebec City in the early 1600s and it wasn't long before the lonely, pampered teenager returned home.

 Where she eventually joined a convent.


 Unlucky in love, Champlain didn't pick his friends wisely either.

 In 1616 he threw his lot in with the ill-fated Hurons who convinced him to support them in their war with the other Iroquois tribes.
And he pretty well cooked the French goose when he killed two Iroquois chiefs during one of his explorations to the Great Lakes while his men killed a third.

It seems the writing was already on the wall by then and it wasn't in English.


Enhanced by Zemanta


Jane said...

Wow Francie, I will never look at Champlain the same way again (not that he was ever really on my mind to begin with, lol) I wonder what his child bride got out of the bargain?

CorvusCorax12 said...

WOW is right

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Ooooh...I had no idea about the young bride of Samuel de Champlain. I think it might have been better not to know...LOL...

This is fascinating stuff, Francie. Sounds like you have a much more interesting history book than the boring one I had in high school.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well, ya can't win 'em all.