Jacques de Meulles

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Jacques de Meulles, seigneur of La Source (died 1703), was intendant (1682–86) and interim governor general of New France. He was the son of Pierre de Meulles, king's councillor, treasurer-general of war supplies; d. 1703.

As chief administrator of the Colony, he issued playing cards as legal tender from 1684 onwards owing to a shortage of coins. The funds were used, in part, to pay soldiers who arrived in New France since 1665 to protect and built the colony.[1]

He frequently came into conflict with Louis de Buade de Frontenac, the governor of New France, including a dispute over the siting of Quebec (Meulles wanted to rebuild it further into the lower-town). After his colonial career, he retired to Orléans.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.

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  1. ^ Charlotte Gray 'The Museum Called Canada: 25 Rooms of Wonder' Random House, 2004