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Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter VI
Pierre Boucher was an ancestor of Adair County's Lucy Clark Demumbrunn. He played a major role in the French Canadians' battles with the Iroquois Indians.
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NEXT EARLIER CHAPTER: Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter V
By Billy Joe Fudge
The new governor, Du Plessis-Kerbodot, shortly after promoting Pierre Boucher (Boo-shay) to Captain became greatly disturbed that the raiding bands of Iroquois were injuring and killing the settlers. Of course, Pierre was disturbed about it also.
According to historical accounts of these tenuous times, it is plain that Pierre was very defense oriented.
He continued the building of the fort at Trois-Rivieres and training the farmer settlers to fire weapons and to always look to the fort for their refuge. These same accounts point to the idea that Pierre was a good man with no aspirations to gain power, impress others or lord himself over others. He simply wanted to establish a life for himself in the new world and help his fellow countrymen in any way he could, to do the same.
Apparently Du Plessis-Kerbodot wearied with Captain Boucher's defensive strategy and let his distress at all the Iroquois attacks provoke him to adopt a plan to go on the offense. He failed to convince Pierre to join in on his offensive strategy.
So, in August of 1652, just 14 months after promoting Pierre to Captain, the Governor took matters into his own hands and with a band of soldiers and settlers launched a massive attack upon the Iroquois in an effort to destroy them once and for all. Pierre and a few good men stayed at the fort as a defense for the town in case the worse should happen and happen it did. On August the 19th the Governor and 21 other soldiers and settlers were slaughtered in the woods around Trois-Rivieres.
Like wildfire, fear swept through the entire population of French Settlers. Evacuation from the continent was not only being considered but many were calling for sending a message to France for a fleet of ships to pick up survivors should there be any.
Even Pierre himself was having his doubts about the survivability of the colony but continued to develop his defensive strategy after being appointed the acting governor of Trois-Rivieres.
Then on the 23rd of August 1653, one year after the tragic defeat in the woods surrounding Trois-Rivieres, 600 Iroquois came calling.
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