Jeanne MANCE

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Explorer - 16th-18th century

FrenchBorn Jeanne MANCE

French nurse and settler of New France, founder of Montreal

Born on November 12, 1606 in Langres, Haute-Marne , France

Died on June 18, 1673 in Montréal, Montréal, Quebec , Canada

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Jeanne Mance was born into a bourgeois family in Langres, in Haute-Marne, France. She was the daughter of Catherine Émonnot and Charles Mance, a prosecutor for the king in Langres, an important diocese in the northern Burgundy. After her mother died prematurely, Jeanne cared for eleven brothers and sisters. She went on to care for victims of the Thirty Years War and the plague.

At age 34, while on a pilgrimage to Troyes in Champagne, Mance discovered her missionary calling. She decided to go to New France in North America, then in the first stages of colonization by the French. She was supported by Anne of Austria, the wife of King Louis XIII, and by the Jesuits. She was not interested in marriage in Nouvelle-France.


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