Photographer's Note

July 22, 2006
Hiers-Brouage 170189 17320
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
45.850 -1.067 4 m

The orchestra in rehearsal in the church of Brouage

The church Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, in Brouage, was opened with the worship in 1608, year of the foundation of Quebec. It is former to the construction of the ramparts.

BROUAGE founded in 1555 is on the commune of of Hiers-Brouage, located in the department of the Charente-Maritime and the Poitou-Charentes area.

Jean-Armand of the PLESSIS, Cardinal of RICHELIEU was the governor in end 16th century.

Samuel of CHAMPLAIN, founder of Quebec was born in Brouage.

Many commemorative plates are sealed on the walls of Brouage of which this one close to the decorated royal door of the weapons of France and Navarre:
"Born in Brouage towards 1570, cartographer and colonizer of world fame, Champlain departed from Honfleur in March 1603 , at the time of the first of a score of crossings between France and Canada. Five years after having weighed the anchor, it melted Quebec thus throwing the bases of the French empire in North America. Intrepid explorer, it traversed the interior of the continent and penetrated to the heart of the territory become now Ontario. The accounts of its voyages provide the first description of an area which was, two centuries during, principal trade route towards the Canadian west. Builder, administrator and defender of the colony, his untameable energy deserved to him the title of "Father of new France". It died on December 25, 1635 in Quebec where it was buried."

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