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The neighbouring Indians were deeply grieved at this, for the Frenchmen had treated them with unfailing kindness, and had given them many a meal when hungry. In fact, their old chief, Membertou, had been a daily guest at Poutrincourt's table.

For three years the buildings were deserted. But they were not destroyed, and in 1610 Poutrincourt returned to Port Royal, bringing with him a priest to teach the Indians. They received the French joyfully, and several soon consented to be baptized. Foremost among these was Membertou, who was called Henri after the king of France, while his squaw (as the Indians call their wives) received the name of Marie in honour of the queen. The old chief even wished to go to war with the neighbouring tribes to force them to become Christians, too/

The   A short time later several Jesuit mission-

Jesuits. aries were sent to Acadia. Their order was at this time in high favour at the court of France. The king and queen and other noble persons gave them money for their work, but they had many difficulties in their way. For instance, the Indians misled them when they were learning the language, by telling them wrong names for things ; and they could not agree either with Poutrincourt or his son, Biencourt, who was left in charge at Port Royal. Poutrincourt himself had much trouble, and at last was thrown into prison in France, while hie unfortunate people were almost starving in Acadia.

Port Royal About this time the English, who had Attacked. settled farther south, in Virginia, suddenly bethought themselves of an old claim to Acadia, and sent a man named Argall to drive away the French. He first attacked a little settlement at the mouth of the Penobscot, and carried off a number of prisoners; but on a second journey he fell upon Port Royal itself, which proved an easy prey. Its owners, unaware that any foe

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