Jean Talon (1625-1694) is a brave military officer. Prime minister of the « New France » from 1665 to 1671. He is considered one of the « Founding Fathers » of Quebec.
He tells you his story…
Hello, my name is Jean Talon, I was born in Châlons, on January 8th 1626, in the Carpenter’s street, called today « rue du lycée » (Highscool street) number 17. I am lucky to study at the Jesuites’s school of Clermont in Paris that welcome children of the Court. I graduate in 1653 and I quickly find a job at the military administration thanks to my big brother Philippe.
On March 23rd 1665, the Kingnames me 1st Intendant of the colony of Nouvelle-France. I leave for Quebec, until November 10th 1668, then from 1670 to 1672. Full of ambitions, I want to make Nouvelle France a prosperous land. The two firsts steps are to pacify the territory and to repopulate the colony. My most famous action was without a doubt when « Les filles du Roy » arrived to create a demographic balance and to promote unions (weddings) into the colony.
Agriculture & industry developped themselves too due to the self-sufficency of the colony. With this economic rise, I set up a « triangular trade » between France, Canada and West French Indies.
We are now in 1671, I’ve reach my goals, I want to go back home. The King oblige, and promise me his gratitude. I become « The King’s 1st valet ». I am annobled and my nobility remains hereditary. I share my life between, my loyalty to the Court and my home in Paris.
I die on November 23rd 1694, my desire is to rest in Châlons-en-Champagne. I am burried in the Church ND en vaux whereas my heart rests at All Saints Abbey.
Where to find him today
- Birth Home, 17 rue du Lycée.
- Jean Talon Statue near Notre-Dame-en-Vaux church.
- Gravestone inside Notre-Dame-en-Vaux church.
Association des amis de Jean Talon
19 avenue du Général Sarrail
Fax : Exemple de fax
17 rue du Lycée
Statue Jean Talon
Pierre Tombale - Collégiale Notre-Dame-en-Vaux
2 rue de Vaux