Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil (c. 1702-1765)

Hero of the Acadian resistance during the Grand Dérangement, Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil was born in Port-Royal around 1702. In the 1740s, he started actively participating in the conflicts between the French and the British that took place on Acadian territory and was responsible for creating quite a bit of stir, notably during the siege of Fort Beauséjour by the British in 1755. Afterwards, Broussard joined the troops of Charles Deschamps de Boishébert et de Raffetot before arming a ship that caused many problems for the British troops stationed in the baie Française (Bay of Fundy). Wounded in 1758, he joined Boishébert in Miramichi, from where he continued his resistance. In 1762, the British authorities finally captured and imprisoned him in Halifax. In 1764, Broussard led a group of Acadians towards Louisiana, where, on April 8, 1765, he was appointed militia captain and commander of the Acadians of the Attackapas. He died in October of that same year.
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