The Organization of New France
The Organization and Number of Troops in New France
Compagnies franches de la Marine in Acadia
Caption: Compagnies franches de la Marine in Acadia
Insofar as the Compagnies franches de la Marine in Acadia were concerned, the five officers and 40 soldiers on duty in 1691 had been detached from the Canadian companies by Frontenac in order to create a garrison. These troops were reorganized in 1696 to conform to the normal colonial model of each company consisting of a captain, a lieutenant, an ensign, two sergeants, two corporals, two lance-corporals and 44 soldiers, including a drummer. Because of Acadia's isolation, the garrison maintained a relatively strong complement of "184 men, good and bad" 73 in comparison with total permissible strength of 200, according to a report from Governor Brouillan in 1705.
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