vril, 1764. in April, 1764, for the transfer of the island of New-Orleans and all Louisiana to Spain.
And he did it without mental reserve.
He knew that the time was coming when the whole colonial system would be changed; and in the same year,
Choiseul to Durand, 15 Sept. 1766.
Les idees sur l'amerique, soit militaires, soit politiques, sont infiniment changes depuis 30 ans. while he was still minister of the marine, he sent de Pontleroy, a lieutenant in the navy of the Department of Rochefort, to travel through America, under the name of Beaulieu, in the guise of an Acadian wanderer; and while England was taxing America by act of parliament, France was already counting its steps towards independence.
Depeche de M. le Cte. de Guerchy à M. le Due de Choiseul, 19 Oct. 1766.
The world was making progress; restrictive laws and the oppression of industry were passing away, not less than the inquisition and the oppression of free thought.
Every thing that I see, wrote Voltaire