Québec in Capitale-Nationale (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
Charles Aubert de la Chesnaye
The man who became New France's leading businessman arrived at Québec in 1655. Driven by a desire for place and profit he began in the import trade, but his interests expanded to include all aspects of the colony's economic life: the fur trade, commerce and land speculation, agriculture, shipping and the fisheries. From his home and store on the rue du Sault-au-Matelot, La Chesnaye managed enterprises extending from the Pays d'en haut to the Gaspé, and including several seigneuries. He was ennobled by the king in 1693 and became a member of the Sovereign Council of New France in 1695.
L'homme d'affaires le plus éminent de la Nouvelle-France arriva à Québec en 1655. Désireux de s'implanter et de prospérer, il commença par pratiquer le commerce d'importation, pour s'intéresser ensuite à tous les aspects de la vie économique de la colonie : commerce des fourrures, des marchandises, spéculation foncière, agriculture, transport par eau, pêches. De sa maison et de son magasin, situés dans la rue du Sault-au-Matelot, il gérait ses entreprises, dont plusieurs seigneuries, qui s'étendaient des Pays d'en haut à la Gaspésie. Anobli par le roi en 1693, il devint membre du Conseil souverain de la Nouvelle-France en 1695.
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Location. 46° 48.84′ N, 71° 12.181′ W. Marker is in Québec, Quebec, in Capitale-Nationale (region). Marker is on Rue du Sault au Matelot just from Côté de la Montagne. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Rue du Sault au Matelot, Québec, Quebec G1K 9A8, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Urselines de Quebec (a few steps from this marker); Convent of the Nuns of the Congregation (within shouting distance of this marker); Le premier monastère d’Ursulines (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Les Premiers Colons de Québec (about 90 meters away); Les filles du roy (about 90 meters away); First Graveyard of Quebec (about 90 meters away); Site historique et archéologique de l’Habitation-Samuel-De Champlain (about 120 meters away); Diamond Jubilee of Confederation (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Québec.
Also see . . . Charles Aubert de la Chesnaye - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. In his private life La Chesnaye seems to have practised the austerity that was encouraged by the church in New France. The most useful document on this aspect of his personality is the inventory of his belongings that was made following his death. It shows that his house, despite its impressive proportions, was functionally furnished – in one room hung curtains made from old tablecloths – and that his wardrobe was simple. He usually seems to have dressed in a pair of red or grey flannel trousers, a jacket and jerkin made of serge, and an old beaver hat. (Submitted on March 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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