The story behind Rue Fiedmont


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In 1760, Louis-Thomas Jacau de Fiedmont was made a knight of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Louis, a dynastic order of chivalry founded in 1693 by King Louis XIV, named after Saint Louis. It was intended as a reward for exceptional officers. It is considered a predecessor of the Legion of Honour.

Louis-Thomas Jacau de Fiedmont (c. 1723-1788) was a French-Canadian artillery officer, born on Île Royale (present-day Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). He joined the French army as a non-commissioned officer and became a cadet in 1743 in the gunners of Île Royale. He travelled to France and in 1748 was promoted to ensign. He returned to Canada in 1750.