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Nicolas Denys

     Nicolas Denys had fishing posts under Razilly at Port Rossignol and La Have. Though kicked out by d’Aulnay in 1635, he worked in the area for 30 odd more years.  He established a post at Miscou in the 1640s, though d’Aulnay soon seized it.  Within a year or two after d’Aulnay’s death, he had posts at St. Ann and St. Peters ... though LaTour’s new wife (d’Aulnay’s widow) soon kicked him out.  He was ousted at St. Peters and at Nipisiguit by LeBorgne and taken to Port Royal as a prisoner.  He was released when Sedgewick took Port Royal in 1654.  Denys returned to France and secured control of the area of Cape Breton, perhaps Ile St. Jean, and the coast west to Gaspe.  He was at Nipisiguit and St. Peters till the winter of 1668/69.  Sieur de La Giraudiere burned him out of St. Peters in 1668 and he moved to Nipisiguit.  He soon returned to France, where he wrote a book on his expericences (Description geographique des cotes de l'Amerique Septentriolane) and later died in 1688. [Clark, p. 94] 

In his book, Denys reflected on Port Royal as a prisoner in 1653. 

          “There are numbers of meadows on both shores, and two islands which possess meadows, and which are 3 or 4 leagues from the fort in ascending.  There is a great extent of meadows which the sea used to cover, and which the Sieur d’Aulnay had drained.  It bears now fine and good wheat, and since the English have been masters of the country, the residents who were lodged near the fort have for the most part abandoned there houses and have gone to settle on the upper part of the river.  They have made their clearings below and above this great meadow, which belongs at present to Madame de La Tour.  There they have again drained other lands which bear wheat in much greater abundance than those which they cultivated round the fort, good though those were. All the inhabitants there are the ones whome Monsieur le Commandeur deRazilly had brought from France to La Have; since that time they have multiplied much at Port Royal, where they have a great number of cattle and swine."

[Denys, Description, p. 123-124]
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