La Tour returned to Acadia following d'Aulnay's death in 1650, but was captured by an English invading force in 1654. Eventually, he came to terms with his captors and returned to an Acadia under English occupation. During the short-lived Scottish occupation of NS 1629-32, he had been given the title of knight-baronet of Scotland, and in the 1650s he allowed this title to be used to give legitimacy to the English conquest. This arrangement has frequently been termed treachery and opportunism by La Tour's critics, but La Tour had tenaciously defended his settlements when necessary and his commitment to Acadia can be measured by his lifelong residence there.
Author JOHN G. REID
Links to Other Sites
Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada
This national historic site features a reconstruction of early 17th- century buildings representing the former colony of the French who settled for a time along the Nova Scotia coast. Costumed interpreters and period demonstrations help recreate the look and feel of Port-Royal, one of the earliest settlements in North America. A Parks Canada website.