During the conflicts that led to the English conquest of New France, the lives of its inhabitants were often radically changed or altered. The often tortuous routes travelled by men, women and children from one side of the Atlantic to the other mirror these upheavals. The Louisbourg merchant Gabriel Revol, for example, married in Bordeaux in 1750, died in October 1758 aboard the Charles, an English ship making the voyage to France with a number of prisoners of war onboard. The inventory of his possessions reflects his hasty departure from the ruined town. Luc de La Corne Saint-Luc, born in the colony in 1711, was an army officer and fur trader. In 1761, he decided to set sail for France aboard the Auguste, but the vessel was shipwrecked off Cape Breton Island. La Corne was one of only seven passengers among the 121 who survived and succeeded in making their way back to Québec after a 100-day walk. La Corne then decided to remain in Canada and published the story of his adventure. Elisabeth Guillaume, born in Liverpool, England, in about 1742, was sent to New England at the age of nine, where she was taken prisoner by the "French and the savages of Canada." The Governor of the colony purchased her freedom and placed her in a convent in Québec. Once there, she converted to Catholicism. In 1759, as the English fleet approached, she left Québec for La Rochelle, where she married another exile from Île Royale.

Changed Lives
Journal du voyage de M. Saint-Luc de La Corne, écuyer, dans le navire l'Auguste, en l'an 1761 [Journal of the voyage of Monsieur Saint-Luc de La Corne, equerry, on the ship, the Auguste, in the year 1761]; Montréal, Chez Fleury Mesplet, printer and bookseller, 1778
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