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Father Claude Trouvé
(1644-1704).

Trouvé received training at the Sulpician seminary at Paris and in 1667 was sent by his superiors to Quebec there to take up missionary work which led to the setting up of a mission among the Cayuga who had settled at the Bay of Quinte; his mission there was to last for 12 years when it was closed down by the church authorities in favour of another. In 1688, Trouvé was sent to Acadia to join Abbé Petit who had been there, at Port Royal, since 1676. (DCB.) Apparently, Trouvé carried out his pastoral duties at the Acadian community located at Beaubassin. In 1690, Trouvé was caught up in the net set by Phips. Trouvé, together with his fellow priest, Abbé Petit, and with Governor Meneval and 58 soldiers, were sent to Boston as Phips' prisoners. Both Petit and Trouvé were to sail later that year with Phips in his abortive attack on Quebec. Before leaving Quebec in the fall of 1690, Phips traded Trouvé for English prisoners. The Quebec authorities were soon to send Trouvé back to his post at Beaubassin, he arrived back at Beaubassin at some point during 1694. (Johnston, A History of the Catholic Church in Eastern Nova Scotia, p. 28.) With the attacks by Major Benjamin Church both in 1696 and 1704, Abbé Trouvé was once again called upon to help his parishioners who were caught up in the cruel incursions of the times. Indeed, it was in 1704, while having led his flock on an onerous trip overland and then likely by canoe to Chedabuctou (present day Guysborough) that he was to die, it is said of exhaustion.

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