Elie de Champlain: Born in 1563 in Paris, this pious gentleman was part of the League opposed to a Protestant King of France. Fearing imprisonment M. de Champlain fled to Spain where he wed the daughter of a French diplomat. After 1598 he returned to Paris with his wife where their son was born. The family then moved to Pontoise where Monique was born. Growing prosperous as a broker of oriental spices, M. de Champlain again moved his family, this time to Lisbon. After several years in Lisbon, the family returned to Pontoise to stay. His wife's death was a blow to him.
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