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Paul Marin de la Malgue
was the eldest son of Charles-Paul Marin de la Malgue
Charles-Paul Marin de la Malgue, , was an officer in the colonial regular troops. The first record of his activity is in 1682 when he set out from Fort Frontenac to investigate the death of a prominent member of the Seneca tribe...
and Catherine Niquet. He was born in Montreal and, as many of the prominent historical figures of his time, had a military career in the colonial regular troops. He was commissioned an ensign in May 1722, and in the same year he was given command of a post near Ashland, Wisconsin
Ashland is a city in Ashland and Bayfield counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The city is a port on Lake Superior, near the head of Chequamegon Bay. The population was 8,695 at the 2010 census....
His career was a military one with a significant amount of time spent south of New France
New France was the area colonized by France in North America during a period beginning with the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River by Jacques Cartier in 1534 and ending with the cession of New France to Spain and Great Britain in 1763...
in what is now part of the United States. His activities, which included the construction of Fort de la Rivière au Bœuf (Fort Le Boeuf
) are significant in the attempts of the French to secure a sustainable foothold in the Ohio region. His military successes earned him the cross of Saint Louis
The Royal and Military Order of Saint Louis was a military Order of Chivalry founded on 5 April 1693 by Louis XIV and named after Saint Louis . It was intended as a reward for exceptional officers, and is notable as the first decoration that could be granted to non-nobles...
but he died before learning of this honor.
In 1730, he led the battle at the Siege of Little Butte des Mortes
The Siege of Little Butte des Morts was a battle fought during the Fox Wars, in Wisconsin, and Michigan. The battle was fought at Little Lake Butte des Morts, in what is now Winnebago County, Wisconsin, in 1716. At the time, the Fox had a massive stronghold at Butte Des Mortes, with possibly...
, in what is now Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Winnebago County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of 2009, the population estimate was 163,370. Its county seat is Oshkosh. Winnebago County is included in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Neenah, Wisconsin, Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:...