Captain Jean-Daniel Dumas

Caption: Captain Jean-Daniel Dumas

Captain Jean-Daniel Dumas (1721-1794) was the officer in the troupes de la Marine who led the mixed French, Canadian and Amerindian forces that wiped out the British and American army under General Braddock at the Battle of Monongahela on 9 July 1755. After rendering distinguished services in Canada up to 1760, Dumas went on to become governor of Mauritius. That Indian Ocean island was called Isle de France until the beginning of the 19th century as shown on this print after a circa 1780 portrait of Dumas.