Rolland-Michel BARRIN

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French Ancien Régime

FrenchBorn Rolland-Michel BARRIN

French governor of New France from 1747 to 1749

Born on November 10, 1693 in Rochefort, France , France

Died on October 26, 1756 in Nemours, France

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Roland-Michel Barrin de La Galissonière, Marquis de La Galissonière, had family connections to New France as his mother was a sister of Michel Bégon, the intendant from 1712 to 1726. He also married a relative of Jean de Lauzon, the governor of New France from 1651 to 1657.

La Galissonière was a naval commander who reluctantly accepted the position of Governor due to military necessity. He appears to have been well liked but was limited by resources to accomplish much that would distinguish himself during his stay in New France. He did send Céloron de Blainville to extend France's trading posts and François Picquet to convert the Indians in the Detroit area and the Ohio valley in order to out-flank the British American colonies.


His strength was as an administrator and diplomat. In recognition of his service in New France, he was promoted to the rank of rear-admiral, despite never having been tested militarily. Eventually, he was charged with heading the Dépôt de la Marine.

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