Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Robert Biette of Brunswick traced his family’s Franco-American Quebecois genealogy to Anne-Juliene Dumont, a 17th century woman was among a group of select Mademoiselles known as les Filles du Roi or “daughters of the King (of France). She arrived in Noveau
In July 2013, a 350 year anniversary celebration of the arrival of Les Filles du Roi was held in
Les Filles du Roi arrive in Quebec - from Canadian Heritage Gallery
Richard Gay of Blue Hill, ME visited Quebec, and writes about the anniversary in Automne/Hiver “Le Forum” a publication of the University of Maine in Orono, published by le Centre Franco-Americain.
Richard Gay (aka "Guay) of Blue Hill, Maine visited Quebec in July 2013. He wrote about the 350th anniversary of Les Filles du Roi in Le Forum.
In Gay’s report, he explains how the name “Daughters of the King” was first used by Marguerite Bourgeoys, the religious founder of La Congretation of Notre-Dame in
Marguerite Bourgeoys founder of La Congretation de Notre-Dame in Montreal
Prior to 1663, the ladies who sailed to
Jean Talon (1626-1694), Intendant in
Although les Filles du Roi were screened for their strength, health and good moral reputations, there are inaccurate accounts about them having questionable backgrounds. This was not the case, reports Gay in Le Forum. In
Nonetheless, extensive research by historians and scholars finds no evidence to support that any of the women who immigrated to
Filles du Roi were the women sponsored by King Louis XIV, who arrived in
A list of les Filles du Roi names is on the website http://www.fillesduroi.org/src/Filles_list.htm
Laforest writes about the determination of les Filles du Roi in their mission to populate
More than likely, these brave French women must have prayed, “Seigneur, j'ai fait ce que j’ai pu!” (Lord, I did what I could). Ils on fait du bon travail.
Contact Lisa Desjardins Michaud at the University of Maine at Lisa_Michaud@umit.maine.edu for information about Le Forum.
Juliana L’Heureux is a freelance writer whose articles about Maine’s Franco-American history and culture have appeared in Portland newspapers for 25 years. She serves on the Maine Franco-American Leadership Council.
Juliana and her husband Richard live in Topsham ME. Feel free to contact her at Juliana@mainewriter.com.