From past to present
The first Bombardier to settle in New France was named André. Born in Lille, France, in 1679, he arrived in this country around 1700 as a soldier of the d'Aloigny Company. Because of his very active military career, he earned the nickname "Passe Partout" (meaning he let nothing stand in his way). He took part in founding the city of Detroit in the United States, where he lived with his wife Marie Demers, whom he had married in Montreal on June 12, 1706. Their first two sons were born in Detroit. André returned to New France with his whole family in the fall of 1711, settling permanently in Pointe-aux-Trembles.