Governor of Acadie (Nouvelle France) from 1603 to 1607.
Pierre was a French Protestant (Huguenot) merchant and explorer who founded the first permanent settlement in Canada, then Acadie.
The Jesuit Revelations tell us Pierre had set foot upon the New Continent as early as 1600, when the expedition of Chauvin de Tonnetuit‘s and François Gravé Du Pont stopped at the settlement of Tadoussac.
The son of Guy Du Gua and Claire Gourmand.
"Pierre Dugua de Mons, premier colonisateur de la Nouvelle-France, est né vers 1560 au château de Mons, à Royan ; il meurt en 1628 dans son château d'Ardennes à Fléac-sur-Seugne, près de Pons."
"The title of de Mons came from a hill that rose above the town of Royan. The crest of that hill, overlooking the River Gironde, was the seat of the family's chateau. It belonged to Pierre Dugua's grandfather Loubat Dugua, who was also known as the "capitaine du Chateau de Royan" The old chateau burned in 1737 and was quickly rebuilt in 1739. The eighteenth-century building still stands today behind the medieval walls that surrounded the old chateau. It is now a private club in a close-built residential neighborhood The sieur de Mons probably grew up in his father's house on that hill, near his grandfather's chateau with its walls and towers. Both buildings had "a magnificent view of ships going and coming in the Gironde estuary."" - page 39
Pierre Dugas de Mons bought an estate he called Ardennes, from the money he made in the Americas. The estate was named after "the beautiful forest of Ardennes, five miles south of Pons in Saintonge" - not to be confused with the Ardennes in Belgium and NE France. His house was a medieval chateau with walls flanked by towers of squared stone, and crowned with crenellated walkways. The main gate was protected by a portcullis and drawbridge, and the house was surrounded by polygonal moats. It had been the seat of a very large seigneury. De Mons bought only part of the property in 1618, and later succeeded in reuniting the entire fiefdom before his death. He made the house into a maison noble, and the retreat of a wealthy gentleman who preferred the rural life. There he died on February 22, 1628, and was buried in a small enclosure near the main gate of the Chateau d'Ardennes."-page 40
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