De Monts gets his due

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The ar­ti­cle “Kingly Con­nec­tions” [Au­gust-Septem­ber 2016] con­cern­ing Sa­muel de Cham­plain asks, “Can we call him sieur?”

Three prom­i­nent bi­og­ra­phers of Cham­plain — Sa­muel E. Mori­son, Mar­cel Trudel, and Mor­ris Bishop — have, in ef­fect, an­swered no to that ques­tion. Mori­son wrote that Cham­plain was not “strictly en­ti­tled” to ei­ther be called sieur or to use the ti­tle “de.”

The found­ing of Que­bec was spear­headed by Pierre Du Gua, Sieur de Monts. It was de Monts who hired Cham­plain and di­rected him to set up a fur-trad­ing post at Que­bec. De Monts has not re­ceived the recog­ni­tion he de­serves.

Ge­orge and Terry Goulet Sechelt, Bri­tish Columbia

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