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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Marquis de la Roche Mesgoues (1540-1606)

From the site Indian History 1565 - 1599:


Marquis de la Roche Mesgoues (1540-1606) received authority to invest and make his all lands that he can make himself master of and not previously claimed by other Europeans. This in effect is a form of legalized piracy but more fundamental makes no mention of Native rights which implies the savages have no rights as they are not persons. This Roman theology is at the very foundation of the European belief and value system that is still being applied systematically throughout the world. Over time only the rhetoric has changed not the fundamental beliefs.


Marquis de la Roche Mesgoues (1540-1606) is named Governor of all New Found Lands (New France) that he shall take and conquer from the barbarians and colonize.


Marquis de la Roche landed forty convicts on Sable Island off the Nova Scotia coast, inadvertently leaving the men for five years. They built huts and a storehouse with timbers from a wrecked ship. The island had wild cattle obviously from a previous colony. When they are rescued in 1603 eleven are still alive and some eventually returned to New France to engage in the fur trade.

January 12: Troilus de Mesgouez, Marguis de la Roche is appointed Lieutenant-General of Canada, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Norumbega (Maine).


November 22: Francois Grave du Pont (1554-1629) who had previously fur traded the St. Lawrence River and Pierre Chauvin de Tonnetuit (d-1603 a Huguenot merchant from Hongleur is granted the position of Lieutenant General of Canada, Newfoundland, Labrador and Norumnega (Maine) forfeited by Troilus de Mesgouez, Marquis de la Roche.

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Monday, November 01, 2004

Roche Belgaum

Did a Google search today for Roche Belgaum and found two hits. [Belgaum is a place in Karnataka, India]:

1. Rev. Kottaram Roche

Rev. Roche is mentioned as a Religious Priest, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in list of Priests from the Archdiocese of Changanachery who are incardinated to other dioceses.

The entry reads -
159. Kottaram Roche (+), Thekkekara

2. Fr. Simon Roche

Fr. Roche is mentioned as an author of section 74 "Order of Preachers in India" in the St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India Vol III at this site.

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