Marie-Madeleine Jarret de Verchères

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Marie-Madeleine Jarret de Verchères (March 3, 1678 – August 8, 1747) was the daughter of a François Jarret, a seigneur in New France, and Marie Perrot. Her ingenuity is credited with thwarting a raid on Fort Verchères when she was 14 years old.

Thwarting a surprise attack

In the late 1600s, the Iroquois mounted attacks on the settlers of New France, looting and burning their homes. In October, 1692, Madeleine’s parents left the fort on business and to gather winter supplies. Madeleine and her brothers and sisters stayed at the fort. Now fourteen, Madeleine was in charge of the fort, with one very old man (Laviolette) and 2 soldiers.

One morning, some settlers left the fort to tend to the fields along with eight soldiers. Madeleine was in the cabbage garden, quite close to the fort. Suddenly, the Iroquois descended on the settlers. The men, caught off guard, fled to…

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