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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada


Extracts of Matters of Historical Interest from "The Huissier, News For and About the Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff" By The Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff


(April 30, 2004)

Answer provided by Anne Marie Lane Jonah

Was the well-known Acadian resistance fighter, Joseph Broussard (also Brossard) dit Beausoliel connected to Louisbourg?

Joseph Broussard, famous for resisting the English at Fort Beauséjour and Chipoudy, (Shepody in eastern New Brunswick), was married to Agnès Thiboudeau, the granddaughter of Pierre Thiboudeau, the founder of Chipoudy. Beausoliel and one of his brothers settled in Chipoudy. Beausoliel's wife was the niece of Jeanne Thibodeau, widow of Mathieu de Goutin, who lived at Louisbourg until her death in 1741. Her son, Joseph de Goutin de Ville who group up at Louisbourg, went to New Orleans after 1745. After the Seven Years' War, Beausoliel left Halifax where he had been imprisoned and led a group of Acadians to Saint Domingue, Haiti. They suffered there because of the climate and the following year he led the survivors to Louisiana. In 1765 Beausoliel and his group arrived in the district of Attakapas in Louisiana, where his cousin Joseph had just received a land grant. We do not know if the cousins were meeting for the first time.