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OGERON DE LA BOUERE, Bertrand Denis d' (o-zhay-rong), French colonist, born in the castle of La Bouere, near Angers, in 1615; died in Paris in December, 1675. He served in the marines, but, being of an adventurous character, organized in 1656 an expedition to colonize Guiana. He afterward abandoned his scheme and solicited from James Duparquet (q. v.) the concession of territory on the western coast of Martinique. He had already begun an establishment there when Duparquet died and his successor refused the concession. Ogeron then sailed for Santo Domiugo, but being shipwrecked off Leogane, lost everything, and for some time led the life of a buccaneer. He returned to Martinique to prepare a new expedition, but the loss of several convoys compelled him to return to France penniless. He again equipped a vessel for Santo Domingo in 1660, founded at Port Margot an establishment that prospered, and he afterward began others at Petit Goave and Leogane, whence he expelled the Spaniards. He also tried unsuccessfully to establish a French settlement in Jamalta, and was appointed in 1665 by the West India company governor of Tortuga, then occupied by the buccaneers, who reluctantly acknowledged his authority. Ogeron won their confidence and friendship, and, obtaining female emigrants from the West India company in 1667, colonized the western coast of Santo Domingo, extending from Port Margot to Port de Paix, which place he founded in 1669. He also proposed to found an establishment in South Carolina, but his plans were rejected by the company. When war began with Spain in 1673 he sent an expedition under Delisle to conquer the Spanish part of the island, and in 1674 founded an establishment in the Samana peninsula, and would have expelled the Spaniards from Santo Domingo had he been properly supported by the company, but the latter was on the eve of dissolution, and never forwarded him any re-enforcements" After a new company was organized in 1674 he hastened to France in 1675 with a view of obtaining supplies and re-enforcements, but died there from the effects of a disease that he had contracted in Samana. His nephew and lieutenant, Louvilliers de Poincy, succeeded him on 16 March, 1676, as governor of Tortuga, but the establishments on the western part of Santo Domingo gradually lost the prosperity that they had attained under D'Ogeron.
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