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Le Soleil d'Afrique

Nominal Guns40BNF1
NationalityRoyaume de France
OperatorMarine Royale
CategoryFourth RateBNF1
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Last Mentioned1690BNF1

1 Ship Commander

1687 - 1688Capitaine de Frégate
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (Sieur d'Iberville et d'Ardillières)French
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1686-1702

Service History

3.3.16771st Battle of Tobago

During the summer, captured three Hudson Bay Company ships in James Bay 



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Posted by Linda C. Jones on Saturday 18th of September 2021 11:58

Also on board with Iberville was Bishop Laval as well as the first missionary to serve among the Quapaws of Arkansas - Nicolas Foucault.

Posted by Russell Larson on Sunday 17th of March 2019 16:46

The Soleil d’Afrique was launched in 1681 and commissioned to transport furs from Canada to France, which had been captured during the various raids. It would often be anchored off Charlton Island in the south East of James Bay. Load up with furs from Rupert House and Moose Factory then made its way back to France making a few stops on the way, sometimes in Albany. It also transported troops, and supplies. As most merchant ships of the time were recruited to help move troops and supplies. On the first day of July 1691 the ship is recorded as arriving near Quebec.. The Soleil d’ Afrique stayed until October 2nd, 1691.

Le Soleil d’Afrique, under the command of Simon-Pierre Denys de Bonaventure, set sail from La Rochell laden with supplies, munitions, and presents for the natives in hopes to quell recent hostilities. Also, aboard is Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, Joseph Robineau de Villebon, as he was enrout to Acadia where he was to serve as Governor, Antoine Laumet dit de Lamothe Cadillac a military leader
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