were sometimes solemnized with the daughters
of the Illinois
according to the rites of the Catholic church.
The occupation of the territory was a cantonment of Europeans among the native proprietors of the forests and prairies.
Jesuits and fur-traders were the founders of Illinois
; Louis XIV.
and privileged companies were the patrons of Southern Louisiana
; but the honor of beginning the work of colonization in the south-west of our republic belongs to the illustrious Canadian
, Lemoine D'Iberville.
Present, as a volunteer, in the midnight attack upon Schenectady
, where he was chiefly remembered for an act of clemency; at Port Nelson
, calm amidst the crash of icebergs in which his vessels had become involved, and, though exceedingly moved by the loss of his young brother in a skirmish with the English
, yet, with marvellous firmness, preserving his counte-
nance without a sign of disquiet,—putting his whole trust in God, and, with tranquil daring, making a conquest of the fort which controls the vast Indian commerce of the wide regions of Nelson River
; the captor of Pemaquid
; the successful invader of the English
possessions on Newfoundland
; and again, in 1697, in spite of icebergs and a shipwreck, victorious in naval contests on the gloomy waters of Hudson's Bay, and recognized as the most skilful naval officer in the service of France
;— he, the idol of his Canadian
countrymen, ever buoyant and brave, after the peace of Ryswick
, sought and obtained a commission for establishing direct maritime intercourse between France
and the Mississippi
On the seventeenth day of October, 1698, two frig-
ates, and two smaller vessels, with a company of marines, and about two hundred settlers, including a few