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Minutes – De Pas Feuquieres (at Martinique) - 10 Dec 1717

Minutes – De Pas Feuquieres - 10 Dec 1717

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Secrétariat d'État à la Marine - Correspondance à l'arrivée en provenance de la Martinique 1717-1727 : Feuquières (François de Pas de Mazencourt, marquis de), gouverneur général des îles du Vent  ? Correspondance  ? Feuquières (François de Pas de Mazencourt, marquis de), gouverneur général des îles du Vent  ? 1717 

10 décembre 1717

FR ANOM COL C8A 23 F° 39


Présentation du contenu

Escale du Grand-Soleil, de Nantes, capitaine Jean Leclerc, venant de Saint-Domingue ; affaire du capitaine Dosset, de Nantes, commandant le négrier la Concorde pillé par des forbans anglais ; prise par ces forbans d'un bateau appartenant au sieur Henri Saint-Amour, capitaine de milice ; vive activité des forbans ; établissements anglais à Tabago ; mort du déserteur du Régiment de Bourbonnais ; il serait indispensable d'achever au plus tôt la construction de l'hôpital du Fort-Royal.


Content Overview

Escale du Grand-Soleil, from Nantes, Captain Jean Leclerc, coming from Santo Domingo; the affair of Captain Dosset of Nantes, commanding the negro Concorde plundered by English pirates; taken by these pirates from a boat belonging to the Sieur Henri Saint-Amour, captain of militia; lively activity of the forbearers; establishments in Tabago; death of the deserter of the Regiment of Bourbonnais; it would be essential to complete the construction of the Fort-Royal hospital as soon as possible.


feuilles 76-81:

Sr. Dosset Captain of the ship of Nantes la Concorde, who had left France on the 12th April last to go and treat the negroes in Guinea, arrived at Judah on the 8th of July and left on the 2nd of October following with a cargo of 516 negres, intends to come to Martinique; but on the 28th of November, the fourteen degrees and twenty-seven minutes of north latitude, having been attacked by two English pirates, two hundred and fifty men, one of twelve guns, the other eight , and both orders by English Edward Tithe, these pirates took hold of this ship as well as cargo, and the first of December have descended to the Grenadines on Bequia isle [Bequia] near Grenada, the said Dosset and all his crew, excepting fourteen men, ten of whom by force, the four others became pirates of good will.

Before leaving Bequia, the pirates relieved Captain Dosset of one of their two vessels, with about two hundred and fifty negroes or negresses, and two or three casks of fire.

Two days, with one of the two pirates on the isle of St. Vincent, took the vessel of Sr. Henry St. Amour, captain of a company in the regiment of militia of Collart. This vessel was commanded by the son of the said Sr. Henry St. Amour, and more than a few regimes of figs and bananas, which he gave them. Dosset added after he had been taken by the pirate captain, whom besides the vessel restored to the son of St. Amour, he had also given him twenty-five negroes. I shall have the honor of enlightening this affair, and if the donation is real and true, I shall have the twenty-five negroes returned to the captain of the negroes.

When Dosset reported that he had seen the pirate ship and ship, and were making their way to the north, it appeared that they had returned to the Grenadines, as on the 6th of this month a vessel from the Grenada, and passing through Layou Baye of St. Vincent, was driven out by a piracy of twenty-five men whom the pirates sent him, and then by the vessel of these same pirates.

The next day: Another vessel from this island, also coming from Grenada, was also hunted in front of St. Vincent at the place called La Roche Percee, and would have been infallibly taken, if in the full calm where it was found, as well as the pirates , he did not avail himself of his wings to avoid them promptly. These two masters of the ship informed me that the ship and the pirates were the same men who had taken Dosset, and that since then they had probably made some other catches, since passing before St. Vincent they had seen a vessel and a ship all on fire, and at the sight of the burning ship they had seen figures which made it appear that it was the Dauphin, who belonged to the Sr. Simon Marchand of St. Pierre, who waited for him from day to day.

According to the report of Dossier and the two masters of vessel, it appears that these pirates have armed Bermuda, and that they will not be satisfied with the evil which they have already done; and of the opportunity of representing to the Council, what is the necessity of having here and there two well-armed frigates, both to cleanse these seas and to render navigation free, and to prevent the foreign trade which it will be difficult to destroy without this.

Some time ago, Captain Sr. Hume, commanding the Scarborough of the English King, and guarding the English islands, came here to inquire whether there were news of a few pirates, but it appears that he sought less from the pirates than from doing the foreign trade, and that it came to me that on this last subject he had remained a long time at St. Alozie. By the letters which the last vessel from Grenada has brought me, M. de Pradine informs me that a Caribs* established in his isle, and to which he had permitted him to go on land, told him, on his return, having passed through Tobago, there were establishments made by the English, and a strong house on which they had cannon.

If this report is found to be true, it is a formal contravention of the Treaty of Ryswich by the English, who ought not to be unaware that the island of Tobago, which once belonged to the Dutch, has been ceded to us by treaty; that on this foot we should be allowed to accustom ourselves to it.



*Saint Vincent was one of the last Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans. The aboriginal Caribs existed there in sufficient force to hold off European incursions until the eighteenth century. In the early seventeenth century, the Black Caribs—a population composed of the descendants of Caribs and African maroons from other islands—emerged on Saint Vincent.

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