Razilly, Isaac de
Isaac de Razilly, naval captain, knight of Malta, colonizer and lieutenant-general in Acadia (b at Château d'Oiseaumelle, Touraine, France 1587; d at La Hève, Acadia 1636). In 1626, after naval service in various parts of the world, Razilly wrote an influential memorandum to Cardinal Richelieu on French sea power and the need for the expansion of French colonies in N America. In 1632 he was selected to lead an expedition to re-establish the colony of ACADIA
after 3 years of Scottish occupation. With his headquarters at La Hève and an establishment of some 300 soldiers and colonists, Razilly worked effectively to consolidate the French hold on Acadia until his unexpected death in 1635.
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.