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Daniel Rémy Courcelle, sieur de

Courcelle, Daniel Rémy, sieur de (dänyĕlˈ rāmēˈ syörˈ də kōrsĕlˈ) [key], d.1698, governor of New France (1665–72). He arrived with the intendant Jean Talon, and together they inaugurated a period of peace and prosperity. Courcelle led (1666) an unsuccessful winter raid on the Mohawk, but a campaign in Sept., 1666, under the marquis de Tracy and Courcelle induced the Iroquois to conclude a peace that was kept for a number of years. In 1671 he led to Lake Ontario an expedition that chose the site for a fort later established as Fort Frontenac. While governor, Courcelle instituted militia service for all males and supported the expeditions of Robert de La Salle and Louis Jolliet. Ill health led him to request his recall to France in 1672, and the comte de Frontenac took his place as governor. Courcelle was later appointed governor of Toulon, where he died.

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