Daily Life in New France

Soldiers

Les Invalides de la Marine

Fortunately for them, Louis XIV created Les Invalides de la Marine, which provided all soldiers, sailors and others serving in the navy with a kind of "pension plan." In 1712, this institution was begun in Canada. Among its beneficiaries were also militiamen disabled in the line of duty. Thereafter, a few soldiers a year, most of them elderly, received the status and pension of an "invalide de la Marine" at the end of their service.