De Monts gets his due
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