In 1598, the Marquis de La Roche brought 50 convicts to the New World to start a colony. He left them on Sable while he searched for a good site. But storms drove him back to France, where political enemies had him thrown into prison.

Abandoned, the convicts sheltered in wrecked ships. Only 11 were still alive when a ship rescued them 5 years later.

In 1738, Reverend Andrew Le Mercier of Boston sent people and livestock to Sable (remember the horses?) but refused to pay the rent to Nova Scotia He was very angry when fisherman stole his cattle, and he tried to sell the island, which he did not own. No one bought it.
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