Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
February 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Charles Jacques Huault de Montmagny


Montmagny, Charles Jacques Huault de (fl. 1622-1654), governor of New France (1636-48), was the son of Charles Huault, seigneur de Montmagny, and Antoinette du Drac. He was educated by the Jesuits, and in August, 1622, was admitted to the Order of Malta . He served his apprenticeship as a soldier by fighting against the Turks and Moors. In 1632 he appears as administrator of the affairs of the Company of New France; and on January 15, 1636, he was appointed governor to succeed Champlain. He arrived at Quebec on June 15, 1636. During his administration, he restored Fort St. Louis, and built a fort at the mouth of the Richelieu river to check the inroads of the Iroquois; and in 1645 he arranged a peace with the Iroquois. He was recalled from the governorship on August 20, 1649, and sailed for France on September 23. In 1652 he was made attorney-general of the Order of Malta, and sent to the island of Saint-Christophe, as commander. There he died some time after 1654. See J.-E. Roy, M. de Montmagny (La NouvelleFrance, 1906).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. IV, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 400p., p. 324.



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