Louis Groston de Saint-Ange de Bellerive
Louis Groston de Saint-Ange de Bellerive was born in Montreal in 1700.
Louis served as a military officer until 1736, when his father asked the Governor of Louisiana, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, to promote him to lieutenant and commander of Fort Vincennes, replacing François-Marie Bissot, who was killed in an Indian raid. Louis received that promotion and remained commander of the fort until 1764. He was promoted to captain in 1748.
On October 10, 1765, he surrendered Fort de Chartres to the British. He took his regiment to Saint-Louis, Missouri, in a part of French Louisiana which had been yielded to the Spanish, who were not yet in control of it (except for New Orleans).
In 1770, he swore allegiance to the Spanish Governor, and became a captain in the Spanish army, where he continued to serve until his death in 1774.
- Canada-Québec(Synthèse Historique), Montreal, Qc., 1977, p.74
- Norall, Frank, Bourgmont: Explorer of the Missouri, 1698-1725. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 51-67. Details about the expedition to the Plains are from Norall unless otherwise noted.
- Canada-Québec(Synthèse Historique), Montreal, Qc., 1977, p.143-144
- France in America, W.J. Eccles, Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, p.180
- Canada-Québec(Synthèse Historique), Montreal, Qc., 1977, p.144
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