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DENIS, Nicolas, French soldier, born in Tours, France, about 1600. He was governor and proprietor of a part of Acadia and Canada. He had obtained from the king a grant of the country between Cape Canso and Gaspd, but was obliged. after making important establishments, to carry on a continued and vexatious warfare for territorial rights with his countrymen, aim a conflagration completed his ruin. He returned to France about 1672, and published " Description gdographique et historique des Cotes de l'Amdrique septentrionale, avec l'histoire naturelle de ce pays" (2 vols., Paris, 1672).
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