Augustin de Boschenry de Drucour (1703-1762)
French military officer, Augustin de Boschenry de Drucour joined the French navy in 1719 as a midshipman. He rose in the ranks and became ship captain in 1751 and was appointed Governor of île Royale in 1754. In June 1755, the British took Fort Beauséjour and then tried to conquer the fortress-city of Louisbourg, built by the French in île Royale. So in 1758, a military expedition led by Admiral Edward Boscawen, in which more than 11,600 British took part, attacked the French Fortress Louisbourg. Drucour, with only about 5,700 men to defend the fortress, surrendered on July 26, 1758. The fall of Louisbourg and its destruction by the British paved the way for a second wave of deportations, expelling Acadians from îles Royale (today's Cape Breton) and Saint-Jean (today's Prince Edward Island).