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Capt. de Chazy: Historical Marker

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A Coureur de Bois/Officer and Men of the Carignan-Salieres Regiment/A Canadian Going to War Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1972-26-301

The Captain de Chazy was the nephew of Alexandre de Prouville de Tracy, the Lieutenant General of New France. He served with the Carignan-Salières Regiment, who worked towards France’s goal of securing the colony of New France amidst great hostility with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). This period of hostility came to be known as the Iroquois Wars, or the Beaver Wars. In June of 1666, peace talks between the French and the Haudenosaunee were well underway, causing French officers at Fort Saint Anne to put down their guard despite the uninformed war parties still roaming the region. As part of a hunting excursion from Fort Saint Anne, Captain de Chazy was killed during mid-summer of 1666 by ambushing Mohawks. In memoriam, two rivers were named after de Chazy, the Little Chazy and the Great Chazy. Eventually his name was spread to the hamlets of Chazy, West Chazy, and Chazy Landing, plus Chazy Lake. This historical marker was erected by the Friends of the Library of the Chazy Public Library, as an initiative of the 350th Lake Champlain Anniversary Celebration. In 1959, the entire Lake Champlain basin, not just lakeside towns, celebrated Samuel de Champlain and his 1609 discovery of the region.

Historical Marker for Capt. de Chazy

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