Joseph-Antoine de La Barre

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Joseph-Antoine de La Barre
Joseph-Antoine Le Febvre de La Barre.jpg
Born 1622
Died 1688 (aged 65–66)
Paris, France
Occupation Governor General of New France

Joseph-Antoine le Fèbvre de La Barre (1622–1688) was the Governor of New France from 1682 to 1685. He had previously been Governor of Auvergne and of the French Antilles (1666 and 1667, then temporarily until 1669).[1]

He was originally an administrator, who then became an officer in the French Navy.[2]

Having replaced the frustrated Comte de Frontenac, La Barre set out to permanently establish the fur trade in the west (in and around what is now Kingston, Ontario). In 1683 he, along with a few hundred soldiers (Troupes de la marine), made camp at the future site of Oswego, New York to wait for the Iroquois attack. After a while, over a hundred of La Barre's men fell ill and supplies ran out. La Barre and his men elected to return to Montreal and abandon the west. They left Oswego and Fort Frontenac (Kingston) to the Iroquois. As punishment, the French government handed La Barre's governorship to Jacques-René de Brisay, Marquis de Denonville, a tough, pious cavalry officer.

In 1687, La Barre was again Governor of Cayenne. He died three years later.[3]

François-Jean de la Barre, known as the Chevalier de la Barre, was his descendant.[citation needed]


  1. ^ La Roque de Roquebrune, R. (2000). "Dictionnaire biographique du Canada en ligne" (in French). Retrieved 15 February 2010.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  3. ^ PD-icon.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Antoine-Lefebvre, Sieur de la Barre". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Le comte de Frontenac
Governor General of New France
1682 – 1685
Succeeded by
Le marquis de Denonville