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EVENTS IN ACADIA FROM 1632 TO 1667.   41


borrowing large stuns of money to fit out vessels for the destruction of his enemy, and La Tour obtained help from Boston. —

Lady   La Tour's wife, a brave Huguenot lady,

La Tour. made a perilous journey to France to get assistance for her husband. On her return voyage D'Aulnay boarded the vessel, but she hid in the hold and he did not find her. A short time later, during the absence of her husband, he attacked Fort la Tour. For several days Lady la Tour held out against him. At last he induced her to open the gates by promising that her men should go free. But he basely broke his word. He ordered all to be killed except one, whom the obliged to hang the rest, while Lady la Tour stood by, with a rope about her neck, forced to watch the cruel deed. Three weeks later she died in prison. D'Aulnav robbed the fort of all it contained, and La Tour gave up the struggle and went to Quebec.,

D'Aulnay   D'Aulnay now ruled Acadia as if he were

sole   its king. He would have no rivals, so he

Governor. drove out of the country a fur-trader named Denys, who had once been his friend. Nevertheless, he did some good things for Acadia. He built several mills and small vessels, and, by making dykes or banks of tree-trunks and earth along the marshes to keep out the water, he won two large farms from the sea. He did not long enjoy his power, however, for in 165o, about three years after he took Fort la Tour, he was drowned in the river at Port Royal.

La Tour soon afterwards became governor of Acadia in his stead, and married the widow of his rival. Denys also returned. But they were not long left in peace. Le Borgne. In 1654 a man named Le Borgne, to whom

D'Aulnay had owed large sums of money, claimed the whole of Acadia. He brought with him


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