led him to delay a removal, since his colonists
were so few. Yet the purpose remained.
Thrice, in the spring of the following year, did Dupont
, his lieutenant, attempt to complete the discovery.
Twice he was driven back by adverse winds; and at the third
attempt, his vessel was wrecked.
, who had visited France
, and was now returned with supplies, himself renewed the design; but, meeting with
disasters among the shoals of Cape Cod
, he, too, returned to Port Royal
There the first French settle-
ment on the American
continent had been made; two years before James River
was discovered, and three years before a cabin had been raised in Canada
The possessions of Poutrincourt
were confirmed by Henry
IV.; the apostolic benediction of the Roman
pontiff was solicited on families which exiled them-
selves to evangelize infidels; Mary of Medici
herself contributed money to support the missions, which the Marchioness de Guercheville
protected; and by a com-
pact with De Biencourt, the proprietary's son, the order of the Jesuits was enriched by an imposition on the fisheries and fur-trade.
The arrival of Jesuit priests was signalized by con-
versions among the natives.
In the following year, De Biencourt and Father Biart
explored the coast as far
as the Kennebec
, and ascended that river.
, Algonquins of the Abenaki nations, touched by the confiding humanity of the French
, listened reverently to the message of redemption; and, already hostile towards the English
who had visited their coast, the tribes between the Penobscot
and the Kennebec
became the allies of France
, and were cherished as a barrier against danger from English encroachments.
A French colony within the United States
under the auspices of De Guercheville
and Mary of