De Buade, Louis (Count of Frontenac) National Historic Person

Québec, Quebec
Count of Frontenac- Louis de Buade (© Free)
Battle of Frontenac
(© Free)
Address : Québec, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1974-05-18
Life Date: 1622 to 1698

Other Name(s):
  • De Buade, Louis (Count of Frontenac)  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2007-60

Importance: Governor General of New France (1672-82, 1689-98), extended it to the Great Lakes


LOUIS DE BUADE DE FRONTENAC (1622–1698) As Governor of New France (1672–1682; 1689–1698), Frontenac shaped the military destiny of the colony. He resisted the British assault in 1690 and countered attacks by the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, by invading their territory in 1696. In order to profit from the fur trade, he contravened official policy prohibiting westward colonial expansion and founded, in 1673, Fort Frontenac (Cataracoui), initiating a network of fur trade posts that extended French presence on the continent. Through his correspondence and actions, this controversial governor became a legendary figure in Canadian history.