Thursday, 13 April 2017

Crossing the Atlantic in 1745

My husband's ancestor came to New France from La Rochelle, France sometime before the first census in 1666. 

Many New France settlers came from this seaport in the 1600s.

Jacques Nolin was brought to New France under contract for Nicolas Juchereau sieur de Saint-Denis, soldier and fur trader, who was also taking care of the holdings of his absent uncle, Noel Juchereau sieur DesChastelets. Jacques was called Jacques Nolin dit DesChastelets.

Radio Canada tele, Canada's French television station, is now airing a show called...

Ten "colonists" flew to La Rochelle and are now travelling to Quebec City aboard L'Esperance, a three masted schooner like the one my husband's ancestor arrived on. They dress, eat, work and live aboard as our ancestors did many years ago. These modern colonists also had to sign a contract before boarding the ship.

If you don't understand French it is pretty easy to follow, and you can also join the adventure in English on their interactive website. If your ancestor came from Tourouvre or another place overseas at that time they would have had the same experience. 

If you missed the first episode you can watch it online at the network website or perhaps on demand. It started April 11th and airs Tuesday nights on Radio Canada.

I hope it will be a good representation of the voyage and not too much of a reality show. 


  1. Pretty sure that this seaport is where Normand's relative came from as well. He came over as a Soldat de Carignan in 1638 I believe.

    1. Oh cool! No New France soldiers in our lines. Although Gary's ancestor was brought over by a soldier to make arms for his men.


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