Significant Historical Happenings By Year: 1642-44.
§The Deaths of both of Richelieu (December, 1642) and Louis XIII (April, 1643), political power shifts in France: The five year old son, now Louis XIV would succed his father with Queen Anne of Austria as regent and Mazarin as chief minister.
§Spring, 1643: The Clement, a vessel, is sent by the Huguenot merchants of Rochelle to provision La Tour's fort on the St John. Unable to run d'Aulnay's blockade at first, nonetheless, La Tour does manages to get to the Clement and sails with her to Boston for help. Leaving Boston on the 14th of July, 1643, with reenforcements La Tour manages to chase D'Aulnay back to his stronghold at Port Royal. An altercation breaks out at the mill near Port Royal.
§The Indians, armed (by the French) raid the infant English colonies driving together the colonies of Massachusetts, New Plymouth, New Haven and Connecticut into a confederacy, -- Massachusetts.
§September, 1643: La Tour's wife, Francoise sets sail in the Clement for the return to France.
§In England the trials of the "Norfolk Witches"; fifty persons were executed. With biblical support ("Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live") statutes were passed in the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth and James I, which allowed for Witches to be put to death, and which were not repealed until 1736.
§In the narrative there is a description of the difficulties experience by the La Tours in getting supplies through the d'Aulnay blockade.
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