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Michigan Chapter Six

Cadillac as Feudal Lord

Cadillac came to Detroit in 1701 by this latter route, but a year later, in consequence of this treaty with the Iroquois, Madame Cadillac and party were permitted to come by the way of Niagara. Boishebert was employed as an engineer upon the fortifications of Quebec in 1711 and 1712, and in the following year made a map of the coast of Labrador. From the completion of this work he was adjutant of Quebec for eighteen years. He married a daughter of Chevalier de Ramezay of Montreal, who was at one time governor of that city. Boishebert served his three years as commandant at Detroit and then returned to' Montreal, where he died in 1736.
Ives Jacques Hughes Pean, Sieur de Livaudiere, was commandant at Detroit from 1733 to 1736. He had held a similar position at Fort Frontenac in 1724 and at Fort Chambly in 1727. He was a native of Paris, where he was born in 1682, and married at Montreal in 1722 Marie Pecody. He proved an acceptable commandant and made valuable reports to the government of the condition and prospects of affairs at Detroit. He returned to Quebec after the close of his term. He was a chevalier of the military order of St. Louis and had the rank of major of Quebec, where he continued to reside until his death in 1747.
Nicolas Joseph Des Noyelles was appointed by the governor, Beauharnois, to succeed Livaudiere, but this appointment was not confirmed. Ignorant of that fact he proceeded to Detroit in 1736 and assumed the duties of commandant, which he continued to discharge for three years. He was highly esteemed both by the inhabitants and by the Indians and so was not disturbed, although he held the post without warrant from the king. He had previous to his appointment rendered good service in wars against the western Indians and had passed through Detroit on these expeditions. His term ended in 1739 and after that he joined with Verandrye in western explorations, and in 1744 was named as commandant of the post of the Western Sea.

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