Jean Talon

Intendent of New France
Born Aug 1, 1626

Jean Talon, Comte d'Orsainville was the first Intendant of New France after Louis Robert (who was Intendant from 1663 to 1665 but never came to New France). Talon was appointed by King Louis XIV and his minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert to serve as the Intendant of Justice, Public Order and Finances in Canada, Acadia and Newfoundland for two terms: 1665 to 1668 and 1669 to 1672.… Read More

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He was baptized on August 1, 1626. … Read More


1663 37 Years Old Louis and his minister decided in 1663 to give New France a new constitution. … Read More
Talon's commission is dated March 23, 1665.


1667 41 Years Old In 1667, the Sovereign Council inspired by Talon discussed the formation of a company of Canadians to secure the exclusive privilege of trading. … Read More
1668 42 Years Old …  Talon left Quebec in November 1668. … Read More
1669 43 Years Old On May 10, 1669, the king signed Talon’s new commission to return to Canada. … Read More
1670 44 Years Old During his second term as the intendant of new France, he focused on external affairs of the colony. He wanted to extend French influence to the north, south and west. On October 10, 1670, he wrote to the king: "Since my arrival, I have sent resolute men to explore farther than has ever been done in Canada, some to the west, and north-west, others to the south-west and south." … Read More
1672 46 Years Old Jean Talon left Canada in November 1672. … Read More


1694 69 Years Old After a time, he became premier valet de la garde-robe du roi (first valet of the king’s wardrobe). Finally, he attained the coveted office of secretary of the king’s cabinet. Jean Talon died on November 24, 1694, at the age of sixty-eight. … Read More
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